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Crofton Resident’s Update from Denali

STAYING HEALTHY

Denali 6.03.08Crofton Maryland resident Art Huseonica and his team have been hanging out at Camp 3, on their climb of Denali, and they will be pushing up to High Camp (17,000’) as weather permits. They’ve already moved a “cache” (food and fuel) to 16,000 ft.  

His wife Karen asked Bob Baker how they know where the cache is located, and here is the answer:

The guides connect 2 lengths of wands to be sure they will not be buried, if they think there is another chance of that.  Each team has its distinctive want markings.

Karen says they ran out of hot chocolate, but they did take a short field trip to the “Edge of the World.”   

Lunch is a continuous stream of energy bars throughout the day, washed down with copious amounts of water. They fill their water bottles with hot water to help keep it from freezing. Water is obtained by melting snow and ice using small white gas mountain stoves. Evening meals have been an assortment of freeze-dried entrees bolstered by generous portions of butter, salt, and hot sauce.

The key is to ensure a variety of items to minimize appetite boredom and help promote consumption of at least 6,000 calories per day.  Still, each climber will lose a considerable amount of weight during the expedition due to extreme exertion and a loss of appetite with increasing altitude as your body’s physiology determines that it is more important to send blood to the brain and muscles vice the digestive system. 

A special thanks to Karen Huseonica for sharing Art’s updates with Focus On Crofton readers.  (6/3/08)

 

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