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Ascent of Mount McKinley on 2012-05-20

Climber: Darren Knezek

Others in Party:Darren Knezek
Jennifer Knezek
and John Judd.
Date:Sunday, May 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount McKinley
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:20320 ft / 6193 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started on May the 2nd with Jennifer Knezek and John Judd. Very, very cold many -10 degree days. Caught in a snowstorm at 14,000 for 4 days and then a few more days to summit. Saved a Russians life who fell before high camp. Set up an anchor and helped him back up the 100 feet he fell. If he hadn't ht a boulder he would have fallen over 2,000 feet.
Great summit day with all three of us and Eric from Holland.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:13120 ft / 3999 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb, Ice Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Skis, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:13120 ft / 3999 m
    Route:West Buttress
    Trailhead:7200 ft / 2194 m
    Time Up:19 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Days 



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