Don't Panic settled in Camp
May 27, 2005
Hey everybody it’s Friday the 27th and this is Alpine Ascents Team #5, Don’t
Panic. We pulled into Camp II yesterday at 11,200 feet, we navigated through a
pretty good whiteout and set tents up in a snowstorm. They did pretty well,
I’m pretty psyched on how strong this team is, they’re all enthusiastic about
climbing, having fun and laughing a lot. So the team is doing great.
Today we had a huge breakfast and did a back carry down to 10,000 for the rest
of our food and fuel and hopefully if the weather cooperates we’ll carry up to
around Windy Corner tomorrow. Our forecast looks like it is going to be windy
and snowy and so that might delay us a little bit, but once we get around the
corner we’ll give you an update on our progress. This is Eric Larson signing
Multiplying Forces resting at
May 26, 2005
Howdy folks this is Todd with Team Multiplying Forces calling in from Camp
14.2. Today we took a layover day which was much needed after our carry up
yesterday, people were tired and ready to rest, but we didn’t rest all day, we
built some big snow walls here because the wind was howling, it snowed a
little bit last night and the forecast is for more of the same for the next
couple of days. So unless the weather changes or doesn’t go along with what is
predicted, we will probably be here at 14.2 for another day at least. But
we’re keeping our fingers crossed and we are always ready to go at the drop of
a hat. So if it changes we will be moving up and we will keep you informed. So
keep watching for our progress, see you later.
Cheeseburgers in Paradise
Hunkered down at High Camp
May 26, 2005
Greetings cyberworld reporting in for Team Cheeseburgers in Paradise. Hey
folks we are up here at High Camp, Camp V and we have some weather. We are
currently hunkered down with some big fat snow walls and enduring some pretty
good winds up here, so we’re hoping to see a better forecast in the next
couple of days. Yesterday was our rest day, everyone is doing great up here
and today we’ve had lots of chess and card games going on and lots of hot
drinks. So we’re ready for action as soon as the weather allows, right now we
are just enjoying ourselves and relaxing. We’ll keep you updates, Eric out.
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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