Friday, June 01, 2007

Tomorrow is the start of the most challenging adventure of my life - our Denali 2007 Expedition to climb Mount McKinley. It's hard to believe that after more than a year of planning and months of intense training the start date is finally here. The past few weeks I've been feeling increasingly anxious as the date approaches. I'm physically prepared, possibly in the best shape of my life. I have the skills I need to climb this mountain. I'm part of a great team, we're all Mazamas and have climbed with each other many times. Still this is much bigger than anything I've tried before. Up to 25 days on the mountain, 120+ lbs of gear, below zero temps every night, high camp at 17,000 feet and pushing my altitude high mark to 20,320 feet. I'm sure we'll all be fine. The big question is the weather, will the mountain let us climb it? We'll just have to wait and see...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Guys

Kristy O. sent me the link to your blog.

Wish you all the best. I'm sure you will all do great on the mountain. With a team like yours there will be no problems. Just play it safe and enjoy the time and the accomplishments that you are able to achieve.

Jim (Mountain Dog) Hashimoto - when you get back lets grab a beer and catch up. Looking forward to seeing all the pics.

-Bill Washburn