I’ve set myself an ambitious climbing plan for 2014. I intend to summit 4 of the 7 summits in the 2014 calendar year and I’ve started well by reaching the summit of Mt Aconcagua in January.
Today I concluded all of the travel, accommodation and guiding arrangements to be on Mt McKinley with an Alpine Ascents team from 7 May.
For me this is a return to where my 7 Summits challenge originated. In May 2011 our teams abandonment of a summit attempt of McKinley was the trigger for setting the even larger mountaineering objective.
I’m looking forward to returning to Mt McKinley, but I know it’s not going to be easy. I was looking over the book “Denali’s West Buttress” by Colby Coombs earlier in the week and was reminded of the climb success statistic – on average 50% of all teams who start on the mountain succeed in reaching the summit with the average lifting to 60% for guided trips.
So with 4 weeks to go before departing Sydney lets hope the Alaska weather is going to play ball this time around and that my training gets me to the physical condition to make the summit.
And the end result:
I had a great trip, learnt some more about myself, a lot more about the mountain and what it takes to reach the summit. Bad weather once again played a part and with the weather window closing we were forced to descend from high camp before making a summit attempt from high camp.
Will I try again – you bet, not sure when but I will return to Mt McKinley.
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