Censored Enlightment Moves to
14 Camp June 14, 2005: Hello cyber world this is Eric Murphy calling in for
Team 9 Censored Enlightenment today is Tuesday June 14th and we are currently
at 13,00ft…. (transmission failed). We are on the move and everyone is feeling
great, we have been having nice warm weather today with a little cloud cover
for a little coolness. But everyone is staying warm …. (transmission failed).
So lots of love to friends and family and those following the cybercast stay
tuned for more reports from 14,000ft camp. Ciao.
Team Dynamite Carries to
16,700ft June 14, 2005: Hey this is Eric Remza with Team Dynamite we are right
now sitting at the balcony by the bergschrund at the base of the fixed lines.
Yeah, we just did a carry today to just below Washburn’s Thumb roughly
16,700ft. Everything went well everyone did a great job we are just waiting
here till the group ahead of us gets off the fixed lines then we will head
back to camp. We will keep you posted on what happens tomorrow. Good weather
on the ridge and all is well here. The Napoleon Dynamite quote, “yeah there
are a lot of gangs around here one wanted me to join, it sounded pretty good
because we are both deaf”. That’s it from Team Dynamite see you later.
Mixed Nuts Heads Down June
14, 2005: Hey everybody this is Forrest McCarthy with the Mixed Nuts Alp 6.
Sad to say we did not have our window up at high camp today so we made a group
decision to go ahead and head for the barn. We are currently at 14,200ft
picking up our cache particularly our sleds because we are all very tired of
pulling heavy backpacks around so we are very happy to have our sleds back. We
are planning on dropping down to either Camp One or Camp Two tonight and try
resting a little bit till we cross the lower glacier at the wee hours of the
morning. We hope, weather permitting, to catch a flight back into Talkeetna
later tomorrow morning. Other than that all is well and for family out there
we will be trying to arrange flights to get everyone on schedule. That’s all
for now from the Mixed Nuts.
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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.
Denali is often considered
America's most classic climb. From top to bottom, it rises nearly 18,000', an
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
region offers such breathtaking and diverse views each day of the ascent. The
panorama from Denali's summit includes Mt. Foraker, Mt. Hunter and Mt.
Huntington in all their majestic glory.
When Dr. Bradford Washburn
pioneered the West Buttress route, he heralded in a new era of Denali ascents
and offered climbers a unique approach to the summit. The flight onto the
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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deep in the heart of the Alaska Mountain Range on the Kahiltna Glacier. From
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.
When necessary, the team makes double carries between all camps, except high
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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