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Denali - May 2012

Welcome to the Denali adventure. Even though this page was created before my trip, here is some great information you can enjoy.

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About the mountain and my trip:

Mount McKinley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Guide Service: RMI

Route: Mt. McKinley's classic West Buttress

 

Agenda/Intinerary:

DAY 1 : Arrive in Anchorage

DAY 2 :

Arrive in Talkeetna. Attend a National Park Service presentation on expedition climbing and special considerations in Denali National Park & Preserve. Afterward, the guides will go through extensive personal equipment checks. Final recommendations and suggestions concerning gear will be made at that time. The team will also work on readying group food and equipment for the glacier flight to Kahiltna Base Camp.

DAY 3 :

Begin shuttling members into Base Camp, weather permitting. The spectacular scenic flight requires approx. 45 minutes, one way. Fly to Base Camp 7,300'. Review of mountaineering techniques.

DAY 4: Base to Camp 1, 8,000'

DAY 5: Camp 1 to Camp 2, 9,500'

DAY 6: Camp 2 to Camp 3, 11,000'

DAY 7: Acclimatization day Camp 3

DAY 8: Camp 3 to Cache 13,000'

DAY 9: Camp 3 to Camp 4, 14,400'

DAY 10: Camp 4 to Cache 13,000'

DAY 11: Acclimatization day Camp 4

DAY 12:  Camp 4 to Cache 16,000'

DAY 13:  Acclimatization day Camp 4

DAY 14:  Camp 4 to Camp 5, 17,200'

DAY 15: Rest day Camp 5

DAY 16: Summit day (night at high camp)

DAY 17: Camp 5 to Camp 4

DAY 18: Camp 4 to Camp 1

DAY 19: Camp 1 to Base Camp (fly off)

 

My Training:

Traing for this trip was quite a challenge. Most weeks I was working out 6 out of 7 days. Training included three days of weight lifting, cycling, swimming, running, and stair stepper workouts. Toward the end of my training I was watching full-length movies on the stair stepper with a 50lb pack for 1.5 hours at a time. I also had four sepparate backpacking trips throughout KY, TN, and Virginia training with a 50lb pack for 20+ mile mikes.

Map of US HighPoints
KEY: States: Green - summited, Yellow - attempted, White - Not visited
Dots: Green - State Lowpoint, Red - State Highpoint

 

 

 

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