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Mt. Kilimanjaro - 19,340 ft. (5,895m)

January 27 - February 16, 2013

Where Lucille has been for the past 24 hours.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Waiting to fly in

We flew into Whitehorse and met up with the rest of the team. The first day was spent looking over our gear and preparing the 22 bags of food that we would need for the expedition.

The second day we drove to Kluane Lake which was the staging area prior to flying into basecamp. We waited here for 8 days and we spent our time in numerous ways.

I slept-in every morning until 11am, while the boys went exploring the area. Mike is very enterprising and was able to scrounge up many different articles which made it more comfortable around camp. We practiced with the pulks which is how we are going to move our food and equipment on Mount Logan. The pulks are really just children's sleds, but they are perfect for our use....light weight and cheap!

Every evening we gathered around the fire telling stories and enjoying our purchases from the liquor store.

After 5 days Rich pulled out a bottle of Yukon Jack and passed it around telling us about a tradition. The plan was to drink the sky blue.....and as we were drinking we noticed a blue hole that just kept getting bigger. We were so excited when it was still blue the next morning. The only problem was that it wasn't nice on the glacier, so we waited another 3 days before flying in. It was on day 6 or 7 of waiting that Martin told us that this was his second trip to Logan....we were excited to hear his story until he told us that they waited 2 weeks at base camp and left without ever setting foot on the mountain. We were starting to lose hope of ever seeing Mount Logan.
This is a photo of the team from left to right:
Mike, Lucille, Martin - assistant guide, Thomas and Rich - guide.