We’re At 14,200 Foot Camp!

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | June 4, 2010      

Yesterday we did another brutal but effective carry from 11,500′ camp to 14,200′ Camp, the famed location at the base of Denali’s 6,000 vertical foot west wall, where the Messner Couloir, Orient Express and other possible ski routes taunt you, but frequently exhibit enough patches of blue water ice to keep you humbled and thinking of other ways to get to the summit and back alive.

Map of our Spot Messenger checkpoints. The orange line doesn't follow our exact route, just connects the dots.

Map of our Spot Messenger checkpoints. The orange line doesn't follow our exact route, just connects the dots.

I’ve spent all morning setting up a more permanent solar and blog installation, while the boys have made our circus tent into a snow palace with custom shelving, stand up cooking counters, personal stash cabinets, and of course their ever present crank-to-charge music player.

There are quite a few folks in camp up here. Probably around 100 or more. We’ve been chatting with our neighbors, including a guided group from Mountain Trip, guys from Colorado, Montana and other places. One group of core skiers from Boulder Colorado has been up here for two weeks, and they’ve got enough supply for 4 more! Impressive.

All of us are feeling the altitude, but no sign of any dangerous symptoms so far. Thus, our acclimation period here is off to a good start. The weather looks bad but not terrible for the next few days, so we’ll do some skiing on the glacier and allow ourselves to adjust super well to the altitude. Then we’ll stay based here but climb high for a number of days so we’re ready for a summit push.

Thanks all for your comments, prayers, and best wishes. We’ll send along some camp photos as soon as we’ve got ’em.


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11 Responses to “We’re At 14,200 Foot Camp!”

  1. Lisa June 4th, 2010 7:46 pm

    Lots of love, Lisa

  2. Jennie W. June 4th, 2010 8:17 pm

    Fantastic news fellas! Enjoy those wonderful views from 14 K camp. We’re behind you all the way.

  3. dongshow June 4th, 2010 8:32 pm

    say hi to sean and catilyn if their guiding that Mountain House group, great people.

  4. pioletski June 4th, 2010 8:47 pm

    Way to work it guys!

  5. Robert Lee June 5th, 2010 6:07 am

    been following you adventure from the beginning.
    have a great climb,
    take care

    all the best from an ashy Reykjavik Iceland

  6. montanaskier June 5th, 2010 11:03 am

    Awesome stuff so far fellas. Stay strong.

  7. CDawson June 5th, 2010 12:00 pm

    Stay the course, be safe, may the mountain spirits lead the way!!!

  8. Graeme June 5th, 2010 12:12 pm

    Fantastic effort Lou.

    Some time when you are back in civilisation, I would like to hear more about the “rest step”, or a link if you have blogged about it before

  9. Greg Hertzberg June 6th, 2010 12:56 pm

    Lou And Louie,

    Hello form Greg, Boone and Luke,
    Was thinking about yall yesterday while swimming Cemetary Rapids. I will keep you in my prayers.
    Greg and Julie

  10. Jim June 6th, 2010 9:07 pm

    Just back from Tibet at 11,000-14000 – altitude can really affect each of you in different ways. Hope your weather is good!

  11. Hamish Gowans June 6th, 2010 11:45 pm

    All the remote blogging is impressive…oh yeah, and great work climbing The Great One!

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