Denali Sango-Oichan-7 bids
May 26, 2005: Hi this is Andy Rich calling in on Thursday, May 26th, and the
last update for Denali Sango-Oichan-7. I’m calling in from Talkeetna, the land
of green trees and thick air, where all of our team has made it back to town
safely and we’ve all been enjoying ourselves recuperating in the warm weather
and thick air. We made it back to Base Camp in one push as expected and then
had a weather day where there was no flying so we spent the day waiting in
Base Camp for the planes, had a little celebration there. We were finally able
to fly out yesterday morning, Wednesday morning and got back to town,
everybody cleaned up, we cleaned up our gear, we all went out for a nice
celebration dinner and that’s about it. Team Denali Sang-Oichan-7 is all back
in town and happy and moving on to greener pastures of thick air. Dan and I
will be continuing to work on our Japanese in the future and we’ll see if we
get a chance to utilize that again. Many thanks to a strong team out there who
taught us some Japanese and really put in a strong effort, and we all got up
to the top and back down safely. Sayaonara.
Multiplying Forces settled at
May 25, 2005: This is Winslow from Team Multiplying Forces calling from 14.2.
We had a beautiful day today and climbed up to 16,400 feet where we dropped
off a load of food and fuel for our high camp. We had some great views of
Foraker and Hunter today, we ascended one of the steepest parts of the climb,
everything went well there, we had a great day and everyone is feeling good
back down here at 14.2. We’re expecting some snow and high winds for the next
three or four days, so we’ll be calling daily and letting you know what’s
going on, we may be hanging out here for a while. Ciao.
Cheeseburgers in Paradise
settled at High Camp
May 25, 2005: Hello cyberworld, this is Mark Fisher calling for Team
Cheeseburgers in Paradise. It’s a beautiful day here in the Alaska Range, it’s
the evening of Wednesday, the 25th of May and our team has established
themselves at the 17,000 foot camp. All are doing well and are poised to go
for the summit. Tomorrow, Thursday will be our first opportunity. And we’ll
see what the weather brings. We unfortunately lost one of our teammates,
Randy, he flew out a couple of days ago. Otherwise the team is strong and
healthy and ready to go. Both Mark and Eric send love to their respective
Christys and the rest of the team sends their love to family and friends. Have
a great day, bye.
Team #6 ready to fly to the
May 25, 2005: Hey everyone this is Forrest McCarthy with Alpine Ascents Denali
Expedition #6. And we would like to introduce the Mixed Nuts. The Mixed Nuts
consists of Jacques Pirenne
Scott Parish, Andy Link, Costas Maranas, Kik Stam, Forrest McCarthy and
legendary funky monkey, Duane Mortenson. And I’d like to report that we are at
the airstrip in Talkeetna, we’ve got a good weather report from Base Camp and
we’re all loaded up and ready to go to start our expedition. We look forward
to our next cybercast, it will probably be a few days until we get up high on
Ski Hill, then next few days we’ll be hanging out at Base Camp, getting some
crevasse rescue practice and getting geared up to start moving up the
mountain. So until you hear from us again, be well.
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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