Our friend Alan Arnette has arrived in Denali base camp according to his first audio dispatch from the mountain. If you’ve been keeping up on his other postings, available on the same page, you know that he left Sunday for Alaska, and has been stuck in Talkeetna waiting for the weather to clear, so that he and the rest of his team could head up to the mountain. He even reported that there were more than 200 climbers who had already completed their climb who were stuck on the glacier waiting to come off, because the small bush planes weren’t safe to fly in the cloudy weather.
It’s good to hear he’s finally arrived in BC. Now he can concentrate on getting the climb underway. I’m sure sitting in the small town of Talkeetna didn’t do much for Alan’s nerves, as I know when I’m on a big trip, I’m just anxious to get things underway. You may recall that that Denali is Alan’s first step in his Road Back To Everest, and part of an ambitious plan to climb several “tune-up” peaks this year with the intent of returning to Everest next Spring. He’ll be summitting for a cause this time out though, as Alan is climbing to raise awareness and money for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fun, a cause that is near and dear to his heart.
If you haven’t already signed up for Alan’s dispatches, I’d recommend doing so. It should be a lot of fun to follow his Road Back T o Everest climbs, and cheer him along as he goes for his goal. I’ll keep you posted here as well. Climb safe Alan!
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