Team Boken Annainin Preparing
to Leave Talkeetna July 7, 2005: Hello this is Todd calling in with Team Boken
Annainin we are all safely back in Talkeetna and have all enjoyed a good night
sleep and a good celebration dinner. When we spoke to you last we were at the
17,000ft camp packing up. A lot has happened since then, we were heading down
the fixed line and there was a guy who dislocated his shoulder and we had to
assist in helping him get down. We spent a few hours at 14,000ft medical camp
and then at 11:00pm we left and got off the glacier yesterday afternoon. We
are all making plans get home to see all of our family and friends. So thanks
for following us and we a great trip. Tune in next time for more great
Team Walking Heads Back in
Talkeetna July 6, 2005
Hello this is Andy Rich calling for Team Walking Heads on Wednesday July 6th
update. We made it back down to basecamp after an all night trek down the
glacier. Beautiful travel conditions in the sense that it was a cold night and
the glacier was well frozen. Being that is has been warm on the lower glacier
for a couple of weeks and the crevasses were opening quite a bit. So we
traveled through the coolest part of the night and made it back to base camp
some time around mid morning when everyone got in than we sat around waiting
for a plane for the better part of the day. We flew out this evening so we are
all currently in Talkeetna. We have showered and organized a little bit of
gear and about to go out to a celebratory dinner. Molly is in town so she will
be joining us but unfortunately Paul Cutarelli has already left town. We had a
successful trip everyone is back in town, and happy. So Team Walking Heads
expedition is coming to a close. That’s it for the Walking Heads over and out.
Team Dancing Snow Pumpkins
Preparing for Summit July 6, 2005
Hello this is Ben Billings with team 13 Dancing Snow Pumpkins. We are up at
high camp today, today is Wednesday 6th of July and we had a nice rest day
today. It was a windy morning but cleared up this evening and we are hoping
after a nice rest today. We are hoping that tomorrow will be our potential
summit bid. That is as long as the weather stays on our side. Today was a nice
comfortable sunny day up here with lots of snacking, got to view a helicopter
come in for a gear pickup which was fun and exciting. So best wishes to
everyone Christina would like to send her love to Eric. That’s it for now look
forward to talking to you soon. For now over and out. DSP see yah.
Walking Heads Back to
Fourteen Camp July 5, 2005
This is Andy Rich calling for team Walking Heads an update for Tuesday July
5th. We had a great nights rest after our summit day. We woke up leisurely and
made it down to the Fourteen Camp were we relaxed for a few hours had a big
dinner. We joined up with Todd and Winslow’s group and had a great feast.
There were 13 of us in the Posh House and it was really fun. We are going to
nap for a couple of hours and make our way down to base camp during the night
and into the morning. So we are hoping we will make it to basecamp early in
the morning and if the weather permits we will be flying out shortly after
that. When the weather does allow us to fly out I will give one final update
to let everyone know that we made it back to town. It wouldn’t be surprising
if that wasn’t tomorrow. The weather has been kind of in and out cloudy here
and there but we are hoping to get out tomorrow. Regardless we will be
traveling through the night to maximize the cold temperatures on the lower
glacier to minimize our chances of crevasse falls and a bit more comfortable
travel with cooler temperatures during the night. So that’s the plan, we just
feasted, napping and heading down pretty soon. We won’t have communications in
basecamp so we can’t let you know when we are heading out but after arriving
in Talkeetna I will make one last cybercast. That’s about it for Team Walking
Heads over and out.
Team Dancing Snow Pumpkins
Reach High Camp July 5, 2005
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson giving you a call from 17,200ft camp with
Alpine Ascents #13 Dancing Snow Pumpkins. We just pulled into camp a little
while ago it took us just a little over seven hours to carry and move all of
our equipment up to high camp. Everybody did really well; our packs were
pretty light, we were fortunate to exchange tents with Todd and Winslow’s team
and some other gear. So we were not as heavy as usual. Team did really well
they are tuckered out for sure and we are making some mac and cheese with some
tuna in their right now for them and letting them recover. Hopefully the
weather holds up, tomorrow we will take a rest day and acclimatize tomorrow.
Some messages Scott sends his love to Theresa and Dillon, Roger says happy
birthday to his father. We will give you another call tomorrow and let you
know what is going on. Right now everything is pretty quiet the crew is just
resting from a long day. This is Eric Larson signing off.
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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