Team Dynamite takes a rest
day June 15, 2005: Hey this is Eric Remza and David Kratsch calling in from
14,000ft from Mt. McKinley. Today we had our rest day and everything went
great it was a restful day and a nice pizza dinner. Everything is going well
and psyched to hear from Conan that they summited. We are planning on moving
up tomorrow so we will get an early start. Look forward to talking to you
again from 17,000ft. The Napoleon Dynamite quote is between Napoleon, Uncle
Rico, and Kip. Uncle Rico says to Napoleon, “Hey Napoleon while your playing
patty cake with your buddy Pedro, Uncle Rico made 35 bucks.” Napoleon states
“well I can make that in about five seconds.” Kip says, “Yeah right Napoleon I
make 35 bucks a day.” Uncle Rico says to Napoleon, “Well, looks like you don’t
have a job so why don’t you go out there and feed Tina.” Well that’s the
Napoleon Dynamite quote for the day we will talk to you again from high camp.
The Man Show Summits! June
15, 2005: Hello this is Alpine Ascents 7, reeling victory from the jaws of
defeat. At 2:25 this afternoon Alpine Ascents 7 summited the highest point of
North America Denali 20,320ft with a strong showing, working through a weather
window that has since deteriorated. The team is now happily back at 17
everyone is safe, we would love to thank you for tuning into our broadcast,
tomorrow we hope to move down to 11. This effort was made successful in part
by a strong team effort from all the individuals involved, as well as the
guides. This was the last possible day that we could summit and we punched it.
We will check in with you tomorrow with our final cyber cast and then again
when we are safely back in Talkeetna. Thanks Bye.
Mixed Nuts back in Talkeetna
June 15, 2005: Hey friends and family this is Duane Mortenson with Mixed Nuts
expedition. Yesterday Tuesday we left high high camp at 17,000ft and the
weather was not cooperating for a summit attempt so we decided to pack on up
and head back down the mountain after ten days up at high high camp which most
people don’t spend that much time almost a record. We adjourned and decided to
head on home. We arrived at base camp this morning about 8:00am on Wednesday
and flew out around 11:30am this morning to Talkeetna. Everybody is back and
all safe and we really appreciate everyone’s support with the cybercast and we
know that you were all rooting for us up there. Thanks much from the Mixed
Nuts with our final cybercast 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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