Team Censored Enlightenment
reaches High Camp
June 21, 2005
Hi folks this is Eric Murphy calling in for Team Censored Enlightenment. Well
it’s Tuesday evening and we finally made it to high camp, 17,200 feet and
today was a stellar day, lots of sunshine, very little wind and we are hoping
that the weather will hold for a couple of days, we’re looking at trying to
get a summit bid in either tomorrow or the next day. John wants to say hi to
family, friends, co-workers, all those who contributed and he also wants to
give his love to Sylvia. Sam says hello to everyone back home, lots of love
and hugs and Eric send love and hugs to his mom and Christine. So stay tuned
for more adventures from Team Censored Enlightenment as we try to wrap this
one up and get ourselves a nice summit day. This is Murphy, out.
Team Extreme pulls into Camp
III June 21, 2005
Hey there cybernauts this is Vern Tejas with Team Extreme, calling you from
14,143 feet above sea level, approximately. We just pulled in and Brennan is
fixing up a nice hot meal for us, we’re sitting around the camp fire, feet up
and really enjoying the thin air here. So we’ve made a carry up from 11,000 so
basically a 3,000 foot gain today. Big jump but because we have been paying
attention to our acclimatization schedule, most people are feeling pretty darn
good for the first evening at this altitude. Team members are in good spirits
and they want you all to know that they are thinking of you. So ciao for now
from Camp III high on the flanks of Denaliiii!
Team Dynamite - Final
Dispatch June 21, 2005
Hi everyone, this is Team Dynamite writing to you from Fireweed Station on
Tuesday, June 21, after a well-deserved and delicious dinner at one of
Talkeetna's favorite bed and breakfasts. After a relaxing dinner at 7,800 foot
camp last night, we woke up at 4 a.m. and reached the airstrip just as the
planes were beginning to fly around 8 a.m. There weren't too many climbers
ahead of us and we all flew off the glacier by 3 p.m. So we cleaned ourselves
up and took showers and met for dinner. Tonight is the summer solstice, an
occasion for a big party in Talkeetna. So we're going to sample the local
culture tonight and head our separate ways in the morning. Our last Napoleon
Dynamite quote is, "Last week Japanese scientists ex-placed...placed explosive
detonators at the bottom of Lake Lochness to blow Nessie out of the water. Sir
Cord Godfried of the Nessie Alliance summoned the help of Scotland's local
wizards to cast a protective spell over the lake and its local residents. And
all those who seek for the peaceful existence of our underwater ally." Oh, and
by the way, the cat is coming home. Take care and keep on climbing. Team
Team Censored Enlightenment
Correction June 21, 2005: Correction to Censored Enlightenment June 19th
cybercast. Sam Plati is with the expedition along with climber John Sloan and
guide Eric Murphy. Expedition members that have returned are guide Mark Fisher
and climbers Chad, Jessica, Mariah, and Nate.
Team #10 Team Extreme June
21, 2005: Hello there cybernauts this is team X, Team Extreme. We are here at
Windy Corner and it’s not so windy. We have just come up from 11,000ft and we
are making a cache here, we had a storm day yesterday that pinned us down at
11,000. Now we are just moving up and around the corner with our gear.
Tomorrow we are planning to move all the way to 14. Everyone is in good health
and good spirits and are feeling fine. They all want to say hello. So the
whole team says hello to their loved ones out there and we are talking to you
from 13,514.3ft about sea level. I can see Hunter just sticking out of the
clouds right now, the storm that had us pinned is starting to blow away. So we
are looking at some high cirrus, blue skies, and I’m in the sun right now. So
thank you for tuning in and stay tuned for further adventures of Team Extreme.
Ciao for now.
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.
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.
Climb Overview: A Denali climb begins
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
approximately 17-18 days round trip from Base camp.
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