Good mate and Australian Everest summiteer Neill Johanson makes his way down off the summit of Mt McKinley (Denali) in Alaska in July 2011. After a successful expedition, Denali which is the highest mountain in North America is not a mountain I would be very keen to revisit in a hurry. The cold and wind chill on this mountain being in Alaska, cuts right through to your bones.
Amazing photo opportunities though!!! :0) thanks to Erik.

Photo courtesy of climbing team mate Erik Åkerberg.

"On a Denali High"

One of our team members Chantal stands on the summit ridge of Denali (Mt McKinley) in Alaska around 20,200ft. Either side of the ridge is massive shear drop that would result in certain death with a fall. As the famous saying goes, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.
Live Large!!

Photo courtesy of teammate Erik Akerberg

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“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”

It is hard to explain what you go through emotionally climbing a high altitude and extremely cold mountain like Denali in Alaska, but this about sums it up in pictures. These photos of Shane were taken moving from base camp at 14,000ft to 17,000ft. We would have been carrying loads of around 30-35kg, and we needed to ascend a near vertical 1,000ft vertical ice headwall before making our way higher to advanced base camp at 17,000ft. The move to advanced base camp took almost 12 hours.oving from base camp at 14,000ft to 17,000ft. We would have been carrying loads of around 30-35kg, and we needed to ascend a near vertical 1,000ft vertical ice headwall before making our way higher to advanced base camp at 17,000ft. The move to advanced base camp took almost 12 hours.

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“Walking into Unknown”

Sometimes it doesn’t feel right, sometimes it feels frightening, but what is actually more frightening, is not trying and having to live with it.

Photo was taken on the descent of Mt McKinley (Denali) in Alaska July 2011.

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“It is sometime hard to see the light until you have walked in the darkness.” Corporatemonk 

Photo was taken by our teammate Erik of the summit ridge on Denali Alaska at around 20, 320ft. To make it on to the summit ridge, there is a steep snow hill called “Pig Hill,” and it does live up to its name.

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“In Natures Playground” – Denali, Alaska

This photo certainly gives some perspective of the size of Mt McKinley (Denali) in Alaska. This mountain is so large that it has its own weather system. This is nature at its pristine best….untouched wilderness. If you look closely you can see 14,000ft camp below on the plateau. This was on our way up to 17,000ft camp. It was an awesome day as you can see, totally blissful and there was no other place I would rather have been at the time, but I may have changed my mind a few times during the expedition though. :0)

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In Flanders Fields

by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place, and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below


We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


Photo taken on the summit of Mt McKinley, which is also known as Denali in Alaska in July 2011


Lest We Forget

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