The Great One - Climbing Denali (part 10 of 18)

By: SuperYooper , 10:27 PM GMT on August 08, 2011

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The Great One - Climbing Denali (part 10 of 18)

The Call

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011
Denali Team 3: May 15 – June 4 Dispatch #9

Guides: Tom Kirby and Matt Erpelding

Climbers: Allen Borgardts (Missouri), Robert “Alex” Borgardts (Missouri), Jonathan Fischer (Colorado), David Haimsky (Virginia), Jeffrey Gephart (Michigan), Helle Dam Sorensen (Denmark), Brandon McNalley (Washington), Ryan Canfield (Washington), Jon Cook (UK)

Matt Erpelding called in at 12:00pm on May 25th with the following dispatch:

"Hey guys! The weather today is fantastic at 14,000 feet! Today we did a back carry to 13,500 feet and we are now back at 14,000 feet. The rest of today's tasks include eating our delicious Denali Sandwiches, which contain greasy cheese and sausage, and building snow walls at camp.

The group is strong right now, even after having a long day yesterday. All climbers are looking good! The plan is to take a rest day tomorrow and then do a cache on Friday. Tomorrow's weather forecast shows it will be another beautiful day, and a storm system will start building again on Saturday. Talk to you tomorrow!"

On a side note, Guide Kevin Hogan hurt his back the other day and made the decision to head down the mountain with Richard and Mary's team. He arrived safely to Talkeetna yesterday and will hopefully be receiving news of a fast recovery. Denali and Team 3 will miss you Kevo!


The group did have a long day getting to 14 camp. In fact the Mountain Man was not feeling very good at all.

The MM made a phone call to his wife but got no answer. Instead of trying back, he left a message that sounded less than good. Very tired, not breathing well and blood count was down. A problem with altitude? Just too long of a climb? Dunno.

All I can tell you is wife freaked. It was bad enough before.....now he was close to death (in her eyes). The MM did manage to get a hold of someone else......both he and I were able to talk her down.

Did you finally see the note about the guide that had to go down? They sure made that out to be not a big deal huh? "On a side note" we didn't tell you for 3 days that we were down a guide to go up the mountain and that the particular guide is now back in Talkeetna. Oh ha ha ha......how funny we are!

Not really funny since there were deaths on the mountain that day. Helicopter pictures show up in the pictures. Needless to say we were wrecks back home.

I was forecasting the weather (notice how they say a system would possibly be coming in but it never came) and just hoping that everything was going well.

Another blog will be new pictures soon. Stay tuned to the SuperYooper blog!


It was going to be a good picture of a mountain but instead will be remembered as the leak picture


Mount Foraker


Mount Hunter




Must have had some spare time on their hands


The smile face has the average amount of Yooper teeth in it


The fixed lines (more explanation later)


A team heading up to 17




Death on the mountain




Still no sign of the cool hat


Thats not grey in the beard.....it's sunscreen. Just fyi


Awwwwww!


2000 foot climb


Teams on the fixed lines


Chillaxin'


Just puttin' on my spf100. You?

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20. SuperYooper
4:05 PM GMT on August 10, 2011
Thanks Gro. Been doing a series on it. Some of the pictures are just great but some really good ones are coming up. Should have a new one up tonight if I can get the kids to bed at a semi-decent time.
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19. Grothar
4:01 PM GMT on August 10, 2011
Wow, your father was on that expedition? I just finished reading two old National Geographic articles, one on Denali and the other on Kluane. The highest mountain I ever climbed was a 200 foot bluff in Norway. :) I should stop by here more often. Interesting stuff you learn from other bloggers.
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18. SuperYooper
12:31 PM GMT on August 10, 2011
Here is a Yooper morning Moment of Zen:

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17. SuperYooper
12:30 PM GMT on August 10, 2011
Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


Yep. Saw lots of good ones, but none could be used; DAM copyrights. Others were, shall we say, not for WU's eyes ;-)


Mmmmm.......gotta make you wonder how everyone else gets their avatars. And vet sent me one via email which I would totally use if I could. ;^)
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16. DontAnnoyMe
4:52 AM GMT on August 10, 2011
Quoting SuperYooper:


LOL, I love em' both.

DAM, that is great. Gets the point across doesn't it?


Yep. Saw lots of good ones, but none could be used; DAM copyrights. Others were, shall we say, not for WU's eyes ;-)
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15. SuperYooper
2:07 AM GMT on August 10, 2011
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:
Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


LOL, I love em' both.

DAM, that is great. Gets the point across doesn't it?
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14. NavarreMark
12:25 AM GMT on August 10, 2011
Good evening folks.
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13. DontAnnoyMe
12:05 AM GMT on August 10, 2011
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12. PSLFLCaneVet
8:58 PM GMT on August 09, 2011
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11. SuperYooper
8:54 PM GMT on August 09, 2011

8-9-11-That's What Karl Says
by Karl Bohnak
Posted: 6 mins ago

August 9, 1964: The Cool Sixties

A fall-like air mass descended on Upper Michigan in early August 1964. The month started hot with a high of 92 degrees in Marquette on August 2. A cold front set off thunderstorms later that day. Bergland in Ontonagon County received a daily-record 2.51 inches of rain, while Marquette collected nearly an inch-and-a-half in an evening thundershower. Cooler, drier air then filtered in.

It turned downright chilly as the days progressed. The high temperature only reached 59 degrees in Marquette on August 8. The next morning, the core of the coolest air, in the form of Canadian high pressure, settled over the Upper Great Lakes. Low temperatures bottomed out in the 30s at some interior locations. It reached a record-low 37 at Ironwood, 35 at the National Weather Service (NWS) site near Negaunee and 33 degrees at Bergland in Ontonagon County.

This cool weather pattern was common in most summers of the 1960s. In August, there are 14 daily record lows set in the 60s at the NWS. In July there are nine and in June 14. That means 40 percent of the days of meteorological summer have record lows that still stand from the cool 1960s.

A seasonably cool air mass has descended on Upper Michigan after an extended period of above average temperatures. We can expect a couple of cool nights through mid-week. However, low temperatures will not drop as low as they did back on August 9, 1964.
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10. SuperYooper
5:37 PM GMT on August 09, 2011
I need help people! Other than the obvious!

Wadmin has taken my avatar! I need a new one but have very little in the way of time. I'm also not as talented as most other people in finding things on the internet.

I need a avatar that is definately Yooper style. Examples could be cold weather, hunters orange, strange dead animals, etc...... Find a picture and make it your own if you want. As long as it's not copywrited (see admin, I pay attention) I think it'll be good.

Top four in +'s will be uploaded and I'll switch every once in a while to make sure all are done.

HELP!
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9. SuperYooper
12:44 PM GMT on August 09, 2011
8-8-11-That's What Karl Says
by Karl Bohnak
Posted: 08.08.2011 at 5:38 PM

August 8, 1872: Snow?


The famous "Ice Blockade" of June 1873 had ships in Marquette Harbor dealing with floating ice.

Summer is reaching its withering climax across the country with searing heat continuing over the Southern Plains into the Lower Mississippi Valley. While we’ve cooled off, temperatures are still running near to above average. It was a very different weather pattern over the Upper Great Lakes 139 years ago. On August 8, 1872, winter reportedly made an appearance over the Upper Great Lakes. Snow and slush "piled up to six inches in depth" on the decks of ships out on Lake Michigan. Flurries were reported at shore points the same day!

It was obviously a colder time back in the late 19th century. In fact, that next winter lingered well into spring. In June 1873, the famous “ice blockade” occurred in Marquette’s harbor (Image above). While it was a colder time, there were still lots of seasonal variability. Fours winters later a super El Nino came on and apparently affected the weather pattern over the north-central United States. The winter of 1877-78 was, by far, the warmest winter on record in the Upper Peninsula.

Upper Michigan residents experienced one of the warmest Julys in the last 50 years. Now we’re transitioning into a more average August weather pattern. Temperatures look to be near average through this week as a west to northwest wind flow develops aloft. As for precipitation, the next front due in tonight and Tuesday will likely produce only scattered shower activity. Later in the week, a system similar to this past weekend’s rain-maker could bring a little more widespread moisture.



Can you even imagine if this type of weather happened right now what people would be saying? The pseudomets would be going wild with accusations about what is going on and what man made crap is making this happen!
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8. SuperYooper
12:40 PM GMT on August 09, 2011
Quoting Ylee:
Take a picture of the youngest and WUmail it to Dewey...maybe he can use it for an avy.:)


LOL, Dewey would go for something less scary I think.
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7. Ylee
2:38 AM GMT on August 09, 2011
Take a picture of the youngest and WUmail it to Dewey...maybe he can use it for an avy.:)
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6. PSLFLCaneVet
11:13 PM GMT on August 08, 2011
Scary image.

Sounds like fun, hope it all goes well!
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5. SuperYooper
10:56 PM GMT on August 08, 2011
Good thanks. Thought around the house is possible molars for the youngest. That would explain why he resembles Marilyn Manson.

Other than that.......good. Have some good family friends coming up for a visit this weekend......the oldests birthday party.......this month is just packed.
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4. PSLFLCaneVet
10:50 PM GMT on August 08, 2011
Quoting SuperYooper:
Had to add the heli pic.....got left out. Now all is well in the world. Forget the lotto ticket.


I was wondering about that.

Doing good, thanks. Hope you have more teeth than average....hehehe

How's it going with you?
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3. SuperYooper
10:37 PM GMT on August 08, 2011
Had to add the heli pic.....got left out. Now all is well in the world. Forget the lotto ticket.
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2. SuperYooper
10:36 PM GMT on August 08, 2011
Not every day I get to start out with urination, let alone have it start two different blogs. So totally going to buy a lotto ticket tonight.

Thanks vet. Hows it going?
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1. PSLFLCaneVet
10:33 PM GMT on August 08, 2011


Good narrative, Bud. :)

Leak picture, LMAO.
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