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    Finally the forecasts have not been so bad and we have risen up to the Altitude Camp to 5.250m. and we are going to try attacking the summit between Sunday and Monday.

    The raise has been hard because we were going very loaded. The edge is totally exposed and the wind was blowing of 80 km/h, but it has been an unforgettable experience …

    We progress for the headwall, the tents become small and the slope increases, there are no fixed ropes until the last 60º of the final part. It’s longer than it seemed from the base.

    The edge is a present. For many people, this is the most spectacular and interesting section of the all ascension to the McKinley.

    It has got lateral hard slopes that finish in the edge of the crest, some sections are equipped with ropes, until we arrive to the “Washburn’s thumb”:  A big stone that we border, leaving it on the left; it’s here where the greatest difficulties are concentrated.

    We insert more air steps with some protected by large stones; finally the edge opens to carry us to the Altitude Camp. It’s a cold and windy Camp; tents are piled up, protected by walls of ice. We will stay here more time than we would like. The forecasts are bad.

    We will wait here for the storm, surely we will be stopped two or three days and after we will attack the summit, we cannot stay here any more time because at night temperatures descend to -40ºC. Besides this, the height doesn’t allow us to be delayed too much.

    We are animated and we are in form … we are moving!


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    Comentario de Rafael Galán
    Fecha: 6 June 2009, 7:34 PM

    Hola amic,
    ENHORABONA “Cubito” !!!, campament de alçada aconseguit, propera estació CIM del Mckinley.
    Una forta abraçada d’en Rafael, l’Anna i tot Instalgroup.