Our crew at Denali Basecamp
Denali peak with lenticulars (clouds from fast winds)
Vic proud to pose on the glacier in front of an American flag
Kahiltna Glacier cradled in front of Mt Foraker (L) and Mt Crosson (R)
The 11 climbers on the 2011 Denali Challenge for Combat Wounded Veterans flew in this evening with AMS guides Tim Hewette, Alex Stroud, Matt Montavon, and Noah Ronczowski. I flew into basecamp with the third plane (yes, 15 climbers takes three small airplanes!). It's a beautiful flight in, and we were all marvelling at the green tundra, meandering rivers, black hills, and the suddenly-appearing snow-crested peaks. Base Camp is quiet, and beautiful, with only a few camp groups around. The team will be acclimatizing, preparing, and working on skills for the first day and will make their first move early Sunday.