Team Boken Annainin Caches at
Windy Corner. June 27, 2005
Hello this is Todd calling in from Team Boken Annainin. We are at Windy Pass
on our carry day. Yesterday we rested which helped us get back to our base
schedule, which we will remain on for the rest of the trip hopefully. So we
are going to move just a little bit beyond Windy Corner here and make our
cache and then go back down to our 11,000 foot camp where we will spend the
night. Our plan is to move on up to 14 Camp tomorrow, weather permitting, so
we’ll keep you posted.
Team 13 Chooses a Name, Sort
of. June 27, 2005
Greetings from Alpine Ascents Denali Team 13, this is Ben Billings calling on
Monday the 27th of June, it’s 7:30am and we’re making a cache up at 10,000
feet and we’ve been off to a beautiful start on the mountain, we flew in on
Saturday, our first day, we flew in on time, landed on the glacier and after a
skills review session, got moving up to 7,800 foot camp. We had a beautiful
night’s walk, we decided with warm day temperatures and late season glacier
conditions, we’ll be traveling at nighttime to take advantage of the cold
froze glacier, at least up until 11,000 feet. Everybody is doing great and
best wishes and hellos to friends and family back home. Tomorrow, Tuesday
we’ll be moving up to 11,200 foot camp, the day after that we’ll be making a
back carry to pick up our cache at 10,000 and you’ll hear from us again then.
Until then over and out, we look forward to talking to you all soon, best
wishes, so long. Oh and we believe our team name could be The Dancing Snow
Pumpkins, that might change, we’ll let you now, so long.
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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