Today, there Friday, case July 9th is a rest day at the 14 camp. We are all a bit nervous as the clouds have replaced the perfectly clear blue skies we have enjoyed the last few days.
Hopefully we leave for High Camp at 17, 200′ early tomorrow, Saturday morning. We keep hearing of summits from the few teams still high on Denali but also know the weather really dictates summits at this point.
The mountain has cleared out as we near the end of the climbing season. There are only four teams here at the 14,000′ camp whereas in 2007 when I was last here there were about 30 teams. The National Park Service will leave their seasonal station here in a couple of weeks ending the season for most people.
Attached are a few pictures of us climbing. Everyone feels good and is very optimistic.
I want to add something else here. I have been both amazed and gratified that I have met so many fellow climbers on my four climbs thus far who know of the 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s. Just today at 14K on Denali I met three people who have been following my climbs and are regular visitors to my site.
But more importantly, each one of these people have seen the impact of Alzheimer’s first hand – a parent or grandparent are common; sometimes a spouse.
Each conversation gives me more strength and encouragement. Together we will make a difference in the world of Alzheimer’s.
Memories are Everything