Ascent to Mount McKinley-12500 on 1998-05-15
|Others in Party:||Ken|
|Date:||Friday, May 15, 1998|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
|Point Reached:||Mount McKinley - 12500|
| Elevation:||12500 ft / 3810 m|
| Remaining Elevation:||7820 ft / 2383 m (26% left to go)|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter 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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