Mt. McKinley (W. Buttress) - '86 (Part 1)

   On 15 May 1986, our "Denali Vista '86" Team caught a 7:00 a.m. flight out of Seattle. We were a team of four: Dudley, Jerry, Phil and myself (Wayne). We picked up a morning edition of a May 15th Seattle PI Newspaper at the airport. It was a 3 and 1/2 hour flight to Anchorage, AK. The "Overland Taxi" was waiting for us at the airport. On our way to Talkeetna, we stopped to get some supplies for climbing Mt. McKinley, which included white gas. At 4:00 p.m. we met Doug (our pilot) at Talkeetna. Doug waited for us to repack our gear, and leave some personal things in one of his buildings.  

   The weather was good, so Doug flew us to the Kahiltna Glacier (7,200'); we arrived at 6:00 p.m. That evening we camped at the Kahiltna Base camp, which is at the landing site. The low overnight temperature was 18 deg. F. The next morning, we got up at 9:00 a.m. to a beautiful day. We had breakfast, picked up camp, and were hiking at 12:40 p.m. It took us 3 and 3/4 hours to carry our pack and sleds to our first camp. Near the beginning of the trip, we had a problem w/ one of the MSR Firefly stoves; Dudley found a way to get it working again... 

   On May 23 we had camped at 11,000 ft. We left a cache there, and loaded 2 sleds: One with 40 lbs, and the other with 60 lbs of gear. Jerry towed the 60 lb sled to the top of "Motorcycle Hill". Dudley pulled the 40 lb sled. I then took my turn of pulling the 60 lb sled; and Jerry took over pulling the 40 lb sled. We reached "Windy Corner", and decided to anchor the sleds there for the night. We back-tracked a bit, and descended 400 ft to set up our camp. 

   On May 24th, we got up at 10:15 a.m., and fixed breakfast.  We picked up camp, and were hiking again at 1:00 p.m. We reached "Windy Corner" at 1:30, and found our sleds just as we left them yesterday. We made a cache there, and resumed hiking at 2:30 with two 25 lb. sleds. We reached the 14,200' camp at 4:30 p.m...

Note 1: Part 2 of this set of slides can be found at Sitemap->States(US)->Alaska->Mt. McKinley (W. Buttress) - '86 (Part 2)

Note 2: A related (trip preparation) set of slides can be found at Sitemap->States(US)->Washington->Preparing for McKinley Part 1.


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