The land of the Midnight Sun as seen from 20,000ft. on Denali. This picture captures a rare refraction of light through the ice crystals in the thin air and the reflection off a few of the seemingly infinite tundra lakes.
Guiding as a means to make a living as well as getting acclimated for the upcoming Forgotten Wall mission.
The real Midnight sun as seen from 17k camp. The flagged walls in the foreground surround the highest restroom facility in North America.
Looking at Huntington (left) and Hunter (right) aka Beguya from the summit ridge of Denali. It's wild to look down on the Colton-Leech on Huntington after having climbed some of the 4,000ft route. Perspective is an amazing thing.
Its been a while since the last desert post, so here's an update... Joel has been in Alaska since mid-May climbing in the Ruth Gorge with our friend Alex Stroud for a few weeks before starting a Denali guided climb of the West Buttress. Check out http://www.rmiguides.com/mckinley/dispatches.php#050509 for the updates! Their team is at 14,000ft waiting for good weather to make a summit bid.
After spending some time in Bozeman visiting friends, frequenting the hot springs and getting a pro massage, I was ready for some more climbing. A month of intense crack climbing definately catches up with you! Well I'm good to go now, hanging out at Devils Tower and climbing more crack...The splitters of Indian Creek got me in good endurance shape, however I'm still getting used to the sharper, physical style of the Tower cracks, really leg intensive!!! This is no doubt some of the best climbing in the world, the setting is super powerful, and the cracks unrelenting! Stay tuned for some photos!