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To hear this Denali 2007

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Jun 192007
 

To hear this Denali 2007 audio dispatch, store just click on the play button. Thanks for listening and following me on The Road Back to Mt. Everest: Memories are Everything. This is about more than just climbing mountains…. Climb On! Alan

To hear this Denali 2007

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Jun 192007
 

To hear this Denali 2007 audio dispatch, just click on the play button. Thanks for listening and following me on The Road Back to Mt. Everest: Memories are Everything. This is about more than just climbing mountains…. Climb On! Alan

To hear this Denali 2007

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Jun 172007
 

To hear this Denali 2007 audio dispatch, just click on the play button. Thanks for listening and following me on The Road Back to Mt. Everest: Memories are Everything. This is about more than just climbing mountains…. Climb On! Alan

Night Shift

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Jun 152007
 

Friday, June 15 we moved from base camp at 7200′ to Camp1 at 7800′ Not a lot of altitude given the summit is 20, 320′ but it was a lot of work. Mid June is starting to be late to climb Denali. The day time temps are moderate – in the 30’s and night sees single digits below zero – downright balmy! So the lower glacier becomes a very dangerous place with deep crevasse all over. The snow bridges become very soft and collapse with the slightest pressure. All this means travel at night. After arriving at base camp, we continue reading

To hear this Denali 2007

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Jun 142007
 

To hear this Denali 2007 audio dispatch, case just click on the play button. Thanks for listening and following me on The Road Back to Mt. Everest: Memories are Everything. This is about more than just climbing mountains…. Climb On! Alan

Jun 132007
 

Sitting at the local pizza place, we were enjoying the local High School band led by Jason, playing lead guitar and singing lead vocals. Just as the peach skinned young star finished their creative rendetion of a grateful dead hit (a real crowd pleaser according to Jason) we headed back. March saw us as we walked up and he gave the thumbs up …. With the urgency of Jason’s band groupies, we hustled to put on our climbing boots and throw the 100lbs of food into the van. Soon our team of eight was bumping down the dirt road towards continue reading

Hurry Up and Wait…

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Jun 132007
 

The theme of climbing. We are still in Talkeetna waiting for low clouds over the glacier to clear. While it is sunny here and also high up on Denali, > the Turbo-Props can’t land in poor visibility on the glacier landing strip. So we are hanging out, reviewing some basic skills in knots, rope work and crevase rescue. We hope that the afternoon sun will clear out the clouds thus allowing flights. There are teams on the glacier waiting to get out so if I had my choice for a delay, I’ll take it here in town! Climb On! Alan

Jun 112007
 

Made it to Talkeetna, a small tourist town serving as the gateway to Denali National Park. I visited the National Park Service headquarters to see how the season has gone thus far – not good news. As of today, June 11, there have been 1176 climbers registered to attempt all routes on Denali. Of the 547 who have finished their attempts only 193 have reached the summit. That is a 33% success rate. Normally about half summit each year. The 2007 season has extremely high winds pinning down many teams at the Basin Camp at 14,000′. There have also been continue reading