Fellow gear junkies, get excited. This post is all about gear!!! But first, a few other details.
Justin and Bobby (Bolt) flew to Alaska today for the long-awaited attempt to climb Denali.
The boys are climbing with RMI Expeditions. This is the same guiding service we used to climb Rainier and that Justin used to climb Shuksan. There are 9 clients and 3 guides. The lead guide is Pete Van Deventer, again the same guide we had for Rainier. Pete is a well-traveled and trusted guide, including 7 expeditions up Denali. As soon as we finished climbing Rainier, Justin said, “that’s who I want to climb Denali with.”
I am going to do my best to update the blog with any details I know about his climb. His guide service tries hard to update their blog regularly, and J will hit his Spot personal locator beacon everyday with a generic message showing his location (link here on the blog and tied to our Facebook account). So between those details, I hope to have updates at least every other day.
For this week, the rough schedule looks like this:
*Tuesday, May 10 – Meet with other climbers and guides in Anchorage and take a bus to Talkeetna
*Wednesday, May 11 – Orientation/Equipment Check in Talkeetna
*Thursday, May 12 – Weather permitting, fly from Talkeetna to Kahiltna Glacier for base camp setup at 7,300 feet.
Insulating Pants –Mountain Hardware Compressor Pant