Mixed Nuts Getting Ready to
June 12, 2005
Hello this is Forrest McCarthy with Alp 6 Mixed Nuts. Calling in from high
camp at 17,200ft. We are sad to report that we still have not had that window
for the summit but we are still living large here hanging out at 17,200ft and
still getting 30-40 mph winds, low blowing snow, limited visibility, bit
cooler here today. The highlight has been enjoying Alp 7 has arrived here
yesterday. We have our Posh House set up and we are going to have a big
potluck dinner with both expeditions tonight. It’s nice to have some new faces
and some socializing. We are keeping our fingers crossed for the weather
reports. Things are suppose to be starting to clear. We will have our chance
on the summit either on Monday or Tuesday. So family and friends of our Mixed
Nuts Expedition Members, so everbody hunkered in to go to “OT” we may not get
out on day twenty-one. But we are making travel arrangements as need be. If we
are on the summit by tomorrow we should be able to keep everyone on schedule.
Otherwise everyone is committed to sitting it out for a couple more days
anyhow and wait for our weather window to get to the summit. Everybody is
doing well, moral is great and everybody is healthy and we are having a good
time setting some records for time up here at high camp. But other than that
hopefully you will here from us soon from the summit. That’s all for now from
the Mixed Nuts bye.
The Man Show at 17,000ft
June 12, 2005
Hello this is Alpine Ascents 7 checking in from 17,000ft on the West Buttress
of Mt. McKinley aka Denali. The troops made a strong carry yesterday despite
poor weather conditions and strong winds. Poor weather prevailed on the
mountain it is suppose to prevail for the next two days, today is our rest day
at 17,000ft. The troops are in very good spirits and have recovered well from
the arduous move. We are planning on summiting in the next three days hoping
for a weather break. We will be checking in with you tomorrow. Everyone sends
their love and a big hug to everybody back home. Alpine Ascents 7 out.
Mixed Nuts Digging Out Camp
June 11, 2005
Hi everybody this is Duane Mortenson from the Mixed Nuts Expedition just
calling to check in, let you know what’s been going on up here. Last night we
had another snowy night, it probably snowed another foot or so, then with the
high winds there were spin drift piles around our tent about three feet high
so we spent the morning digging out our camp. And digging out some other camps
just preparing for more snow and this afternoon we have blue skies but high
winds on the summit and a big cloud over Denali pass and higher. The winds are
still high but atmospheric signs are good and hopefully this high pressure
moves in and we get a go to the summit here in the next couple days. But we
are sitting tight, but we are in good spirits. We have food, fuel and
everybody is pitching in digging out camps and yeah we are thinking about you
all. We will call in tomorrow and let you know what is going on. Thanks again
for tuning in to the cybercast. Take care. Mixed Nuts out.
Team #9 Chooses a Name
June 11, 2005
Hello cyberworld this is Mark Fisher calling in for Alp 9 this is day four and
we are on our way to the 11.2 camp. Henceforth follow us with team name
Censored Enlightenment our team of 6 climbers and 2 guides is doing well we
have John, Sam, Maria, Nate, Chad and Jessica. So between all eight of us we
are doing well we have had some overcast and snowy weather and looks like we
are going to be really happy to get up to the 11.2 camp. Tomorrow should be a
rest day and Sam wants to send his sister best wishes for her birthday. To all
loved ones and family out there team Censored Enlightenment is doing well and
on the move. We will be reporting in in a few days take care everybody.
The Man Show at 14,000ft
June 10, 2005
Hello this is Alpine Ascents 7 the Man Show checking in at 14,000ft the
weather is beginning to break. (Unfortunately majority of the cybercast for
today was unintelligible due to spotty satellite reception)… Hello to friends
and family back home we will check in tomorrow.
Mixed Nuts waiting for window
June 10, 2005
Hi everyone this Duane Mortenson from the Mixed Nuts. Calling in to give you
an update. We are still here at 17,200ft camp at high high camp. We were
blessed today about noon time we started to see patchy blue, got everybody
excited and hoping we can get that window to charge on up to the summit and
tag the dome. Then a gusts of over 30mph randomly still come in and that kind
of keeps us still hunkered down in our tents but we are living well. We have
food and fuel so we are just kicking back, we are strong and ready to go to
summit if we get that window. So everybody says hello to all their family and
friends and thanks again for all the support and we will let you know what is
going on tomorrow. But thanks for tuning in to Alps 6 Mixed Nuts Cybercast.
Take care ya’ll, we are, bye.
Team Dynamite carries to
Hi this is Eric Remza with Team Dynamite we are at 13,500ft. Just passed Windy
Corner and just did a successful carry up from our 11,000ft camp to our cache
here. Everyone did great and we are having some really spectacular weather.
The weather broke for us and we had some nice blue skies and some warm temps.
Right now we are getting ready to take off and give you an update tomorrow.
Happy Anniversary from Will Draper to his darling lady Sara. So the Napolean
Dynamite quote is from Pedro “If you vote for me all your wildest dreams will
come true.” Alright bye.
Overview: There are certain mountains
that need no explanation as to why climb. Denali is such a mountain. Its
tremendous size and beauty generate a magnetism that continually draws
climbers from around the world. An ascent of Denali, touches the psyche of all
alpinists and for those who have undertaken its challenges, it rewards them
with an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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elevation gain unsurpassed anywhere in the world. At a northern latitude of
63°, it is the most northerly of any big mountain over 20,000'. No other
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panorama from Denali's summit includes Mt. Foraker, Mt. Hunter and Mt.
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glacier is a trip in itself, presenting overwhelming vistas of the Alaska
Range. The West Buttress route remains, by far, the most successfully climbed
route on the mountain.
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the S.E. Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier we begin the climb of Denali's West
Buttress. Base Camp plus five higher camps are established on the mountain.
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camp, to ensure proper acclimatization and reduce loads. In each camp we build
snow walls for protection from possible high winds. The climb takes
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