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Update on Crofton Mountain Climber

Photo by Art HuseonicaWEATHER OR NOT
Karen Huseonica

In case you missed earlier installments in this series about Crofton resident Art Huseonica, this is an updat on his attempt to climb Denali, aka Mt. McKinley.  Links to earlier posts are provided at the bottom of this post.

On Monday the team moved supplies up to Camp 2 at 9,500’ then returned to spend the night at Camp 1.  On Tuesday, they moved up to Camp 2. 

After the team gets higher on the mountain, I will attach a route map. As the terrain becomes more dangerous with crevasses and the angle steepens, the team will make smaller carries to advance camps, at least until some of the food and fuel supplies are used up. The team is looking forward to finally gaining considerable altitude and getting off the Kahiltna Glacier, which is the longest glacier in North America, running over 44 miles from its origin to terminus, and almost three miles wide in some areas.

Last night the team was haunted by the cracking and moaning of the glacier under their sleeping bags. As the summer solstice approaches, the team is finding it difficult to sleep because it never gets dark, however sheer exhaustion usually takes hold and they finally fall asleep.

Art reports that the team has been finding record snowfalls as they climb. The trails are well packed and there is a good snow pack so a little less worry about crevasses. To keep items from freezing at night, climbers put things such as snack food, water, boot liners, and pee bottles into their sleeping bags. The pee bottle acts as a hot water bottle. Wet gloves and socks actually dry overnight in the sleeping bag.   

While climbing, Art says that he spends a considerable amount of time thinking about family – brothers Bill and Joe, sister Linda, and son Patrick. He is also staying in contact with his colleagues from the Crofton, Davidsonville, and Gambrills Maryland area who are on the Greater Crofton Council.

Thanks for the update, Karen.



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