Boken Annainin Reaches 14,200
Feet June 29, 2005: Hi this is Winslow with Team Boken Annainin. Sorry we
didn’t do a cybercast yesterday, we had a busy day, moved up here to 14 camp.
Had a great day moving up, no wind around Windy Corner and we were pretty busy
once we got here, just getting set up and getting things going. We had a great
night’s sleep, having a lazy day today, and we’ll go back later and get the
gear that we cached a few days a go and that will only take a couple of hours,
so we’re hanging out relaxing and getting used to the altitude here. The plan
tomorrow is to take a rest day and go over fixed line ascent and clipping
through protection and so we will give you a call and check in tomorrow, we
send our love to our families, take care.
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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