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Ascent to Mount McKinley-12500 on 1998-05-15

Climber: Stephen Wark

Others in Party:Ken
Kevin
Bill
Pete
Greg
Date:Friday, May 15, 1998
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount McKinley - 12500
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:12500 ft / 3810 m
    Remaining Elevation:7820 ft / 2383 m (26% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

After months of preperation, we were there, ready to go. Unfortunately, El Nino had other plans for us, and after repeated storms and a significant ass-kicking, we finally pulled the plug after 12 days. The group made it as far as 13,800 for a cache, but it was decided we would retreat. Ok, so the stats that month were 4% summit rate, when it should have been 50%. Turns out that June was the month, as the El nino effect abated and rates returned to 50%. But the truth was we carried way too much and did not get along as a group.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Skis, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Extremely Windy, White-out



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