Friday, April 30, 2010

Packing, organizing, then re-packing and re-organizing

The last two weeks have been a combo of training and picking up the last few items we need to pull this thing off. Buying stuff is the easy part, organizing and packing is the hard part. I have made countless checklists for gear, food, clothes etc, and I think it's all starting to come together. We will hopefully be flying out of Talkeetna into Denali base camp on the afternoon of the 6th, staying the night at basecamp, then moving down the Kahiltna to the base of our route on Mt. Hunter on the 7th. If all goes well, you may be seeing a SPOT message on the page from the summit of Mt. Hunter around the 12th or 13th depending on conditions and weather. Deep and unstable snow will be our largest foe, and is what usually turns people around on Mt. Hunter. The success rate is very low on this mountain and we know what were up against. Strong legs and minds will hopefully prevail. I have included a few pics of the preparation process.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Training Partners

Here are my training partners for most of the winter and spring on skyline. It was a bit overcast today but it was nice and warm. Today was probably the last time I will make it up skyline before the climb. I spent the day yesterday picking up a few last minute items in Anchorage and caught a presentation by Ira Glass, the creative mind behind This American Life. Heading over to Bob's tonight to pick up some more stuff i'm borrowing, then hauling the tire around tonight.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Night Flying

Heidi flew me around a couple nights ago over the Kasilof area and I was able to grab a few images of a great spring sunset. Sorry for the dirty windsheild.
Hope all is well,

Monday, April 12, 2010

Green Lake 2

Sorry for the delay, here are a few more from Green lake a few weeks ago. More updates to come. Spring is here and training for Hunter has been fierce so the schedule has been packed. Less than a month to go!