May 15 Denali Team Moves To Camp 1

Paul Kreiner called in from 7,800′ (2377 m) on the Kahiltna Glacier, the site of the team’s fist camp on their way up the West Buttress route of Denali.  The team departed Base Camp in foggy conditions and traveled about five miles (8 km) up the vast glacier.  This was a tough hike, as they had the biggest loads of their expedition, making what climbers call a “single carry” up to Camp 1.  They actually descended a bit out of Base Camp, as they hiked down the tributary Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier to meet the main body of the Kahiltna.

denali team leaves base campA Mountain Trip team hikes down the Southeast Fork on their way out of Base Camp.

Above this camp, they will likely carry roughly half their total kit up to a higher elevation, deposit it in a deep pit dug in the snow (a cache), and then drop back to their lower camp for the night.  This is called “making a carry” or a “carry day” and it allows the climbers to both move loads in a more manageable fashion and ease their bodies into each new elevation a bit easier than just packing up and moving higher.  Climb high and sleep low!  It’s a proven technique for climbing to high altitude.

Here’s Paul!

4 Comments

  1. Hello Shaun and everyone, glad you made it to camp 1. Praying for your safety each day and spectacular sights to see as you journey up the mountain. Looking forward to your daily updates. much love, Steve and Susan

  2. Eric and Shaun, hope you are keeping your spines aligned on your ascent. Everyone here in RI is praying for a safe and exciting climb.

  3. Eric and teammates, wishing you an awesome experience as you take this incredible journey. Be safe. Jan

  4. Keep on, keepin’ on! Sometimes it takes one step forward and two steps back. As long as the secret cache is waiting for you, you can sleep for a bit. Take care Eric and friends.

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