Team #7, The Man Show heading
to 11,000 feet
June 1, 2005
Hello this is Alpine Ascents Denali #7, The Man Show checking in form 10,300
feet at the upper reaches of the Kahiltna Glacier on our move to 11,000 feet.
In spite of a foot of fresh snow the team donned snowshoes broke camp and set
out in a storm moving up to 11 is the goal and it’s within sight, it lies an
hour away. Tomorrow is a rest day we’ll do a little back carry and pick up our
cache here and check in with you then. Everybody would like to say hello and
send their love to friends and family back home, bye.
Team Don't Panic carries up
the fixed lines
May 31, 2005
Hey everybody this is Eric giving you a call from 14,000 feet with Team Don’t
Panic. Today is the 31st, Tuesday and we just wrapped up dinner, we had
burritos, everybody is doing great up here and we just did a carry up to
16,200 foot level up the fixed lines and everybody did really well doing that
and tomorrow we are going to take the day off and get some rest and hopefully
the weather will cooperate soon, it’s been snowing and cloudy for a while, so
when the weather breaks and the high pressure moves in we will move the team
up to high camp and hopefully go for the summit after that. We will give you a
call tomorrow and let you know how our day was, until then this is Eric Larson
Multiplying Forces waits for
one more day
May 31, 2005
Hi this is Winslow with Team Multiplying Forces, hanging out at 17,000 feet up
on Denali. Today was Brent’s birthday so we celebrated playing in the snow, we
got about six inches of snow up here. We hiked down today and picked up a
little bit more food and fuel. We’re just waiting for a great summit day
tomorrow, which will be our last chance, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed,
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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