The night before we pushed to camp 3, I had drawn the short straw to sleep in the cook tent Continue reading
The day after we arrived at Camp 1 we set off to carry a cache higher up the mountain. The Continue reading
The day after we arrived at Camp 1, the weather improved and we did a carry up over Ski Hill Continue reading
We awoke on the morning of the third day at 0300hrs. We had gone to sleep sufficiently early that this Continue reading
We arrived safely at Base Camp with minimal hassle. Our time here was pretty chilled out. There was a lot Continue reading
This is the Otter we used, kitted out with skis, to ferry half of us and our kit to the South East fork of the Kahiltna glacier. The flight stayed low below 8000 feet and took us through the infamous One Shot Pass before a smooth landing on the snow-covered “runway”.
On this flight, packing sharps and flammable liquids and gases did not seem to be a concern, but the pilot ensured we had all our essential survival gear with us on our plane in case the other plane with the rest of the team and gear couldn’t make it.
We required a mountain of gear (pardon the pun), seen here packed, sorted and ready to load onto the plane. The plane in the background is not the plane used to land on the Kahiltna glacier- it has a distinct lack of skis! It is used for flights over the summit.
We were lucky to have an immediate weather window from Talkeetna, through the pass and onto the South East fork of the Kahiltna. Other groups had to wait days for the same opportunity.
Welcome back! I’ve just returned from an awesome expedition on Denali and shall be documenting some of what went on. Continue reading