Denali Climb III

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  1. Jim Dockery

    Jim Dockery Well-Known Member

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    Cruising around the 14,000 ft. plateau on an acclimatization day.

    Ice chunks the size of houses that fell from an ice cliff.

    Our only day of good skiing, from ~16,000 ft. on an acclimatization day.

    Me skiing

    Good powder

    Pat cruising past seracs

    Looking up at our tracks from camp (one of my favorite pictures from the trip).

    Climbers on the headwall leading to 17,000 ft. camp

    Above the headwall

    Me on the summit

    View down from 14,000

    Part II / Part IV
     
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    Wow - the scale of things on a mountain like that is absolutely jaw dropping. The view from the top in the last image looks like something I have only seen from an airplane window.

    Incredible adventure - thanks for sharing it!
     
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    This is just incredible. Your tracks image appears to be skis, as in cross country style, but the summit shows you in boots. No snowshoes seen, is it possible to climb with just boots?
     
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    Ben, we were on skis (back-country type with stiff plastic boots like alpine) most of the way up to 14,000 ft., but most people use snowshoes to there. You never know how much new snow will fall in the summer. There wasn't much below 11,000 ft. for us, but then a storm dumped about 3 ft. that slowed things down for everyone in our second week. Above the 14,000 ft. camp the snow is normally wind packed and icy, so snowshoes are not needed. We were hoping to carry our skis up later to make a ski descent from the summit (the goal of our trip), but couldn't because of cold high winds that persisted for the next couple weeks.
     
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    Nice tracks, Jim! I'm always super conservative if I have a significant pack on as I learned the hard way how difficult it is to get up from a face plant when a big pack is pushing my face into the snow....:eek: And my friend is laughing instead of helping me up :p
     
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    Monika, me too (esp. now at 62), but the day we made those tracks we had lighter day packs. The second hardest day for me was skiing down from 14,000 with a big pack and a sled pulling me down. I took mostly long traverses, and kick turns 7,000+ ft. of variable quality snow. No nice track photos from that!
     
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    Incredible! Wow! So vast!
     
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    This is very nice Jim! I guess I had missed this one. It's excellent reading and great photos.
     

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