We stand there and watch the Havilland Beaver take off into the cloud. It wasn’t the amazing Alaskan wildlife, it was our ski plane dropping us off on the East Fork of the Kahiltna glacier. We have arrived in the Denali range and have about four weeks before we run out of food. There is no saying if we will manage to suffer for that long anyway.
|Panoramic view of Kahiltna base camp, the airstrip and the sun above Mt Hunter|
|Looking up the “valley of death” to the summit of Denali.|
|Looking out from 14,000ft camp to Mt Hunter|
|All those feathers|
|Morning tent view|
|Sorting out food in the igloo|
|Good weather at 11,000ft camp|
|Acclimatising before the Cassin|
|Hard ice in the Japanese couloir.|
|Above Cassin ledge searching for a bivi.|
|Looking down the first rock band and the East fork of the Kahiltna Glacier|
|The view from the tent at the triangle niche bivi, about 16,400ft|
|Nathan climbing through the hanging glacier|
|The weather starting to deteroirate, the couloir in the third rock band|
|The Summit Marker.|
|Sunset on the way down.|
I have a shower and wash the weeks of dirt and grease off. Time to get a Seward’s Folly, the legendary burger we have been dreaming of. We wait for our food but beer will do for now. She brings the stacked tower over. "Ooooohh" everyone in our part of the restaurant mutters. We scoff it down. “Just come off the mountain?” the table next to us asks. We tell them a little about our adventure and they take some photos.
|Enjoying some real food and drink|
Waking up the next morning in a half drunk half sleep I think…
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