Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kahiltna Dome

Photo of Kahiltna Dome from 11K on Denali.  If you look close you can see my tracks in the right side of the photo getting up onto the N. Ridge.  The team is camped out in the flats in the right side lower third of this photo.
Tim Hewitte called in last night from Kahiltna Pass. They are camped at about the 10,20o+ foot elevation. They are panning on doing more skills classes today and trying to go for the summit tomorrow. The weather seemed a bit unsettled when I spoke with him. That's good training though. The 10,000 foot basin is notorious for getting socked in with weather. Right now the whole lower mountain is socked in as well. I haven't heard any reports from the upper mountain.

This photo shows a good example of a lenticular cloud.  These clouds mean that there are high winds aloft and it means that Kirby, Nate, Jon and Moises are playing cards at high camp.

Brian McCullough is just now leaving 14. We told him that base camp is still shut down and no planes are getting in or out, so they are still taking their time. He saw Woolums getting on the fixed lines moving up to high camp. He was certain that Kirby would be hanging out in camp as their is a big lenticular cloud capping the summit.



Anonymous said...

Paul Zawilinski on McCullough's team,

Safe trip down the mountain and back to civilization. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Miss you and love you.


Charlie said...

Dear Sam and Alex (on Nate's Team),

Wishing you the very best of luck taking on Mt McKinley. Thank you so much for your support.

With very best wishes,

from all at Marie Curie Cancer Care