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Jul 222011
 
Denali 2011: Faliure or Non Summit?

When I started to leave the 17,200 High Camp on Denali without standing on the summit, I wondered; how would people consider this effort. One person characterized it this way: “Alan, sorry to hear of the failure, but safety first. Safe travels home.” I understand. After spending eight days watching the swirling hurricane-force winds on the summit; it was safety first. We never got an opportunity to try to summit. It would have been suicide at best most of the time. Denali, well known for some of the harshest weather for climbers, had shown her stuff. Of all my 7 continue reading

Jul 132011
 
Denali Playing Tough

Throughout the early hoursof Thursday morning, there was no wind and clear skies. However as I checked the skies at 7:00AM, the seemingly ever-present lenticular cloud once again hovered over Mt. McKinley suggesting high winds and dangerous windchills…

Jul 122011
 
The Ups and Downs of Denali

The weather changed with the certainty of a Lindsey Lohane probation violation. Lying in our tent like sardines, uncomfortable both physically and mentally; the sudden quietness brought on by the lack of driving snow and wind caused everyone at High C…

Jul 102011
 
Waiting on the Weather

Climbing big mountains is just like life – you don’t always get ask for – or is that a song lyric?In any case, I write this from High Camp at 17,200′ on Denali. Along with David, Byron and Martin, we are in various forms of consciousness listening to t…

Jul 072011
 
Ready  to Move Higher on Denali

Today, Friday, 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. W…