Our feelings about the refresh in the San Juans today. 🙌🏼 Get out there and take advantage—and then join us for Avalanche Rescue on Jan 20 (link in bio) to dial in essential skills. #MountainTrip (Photo from Denali’s West Buttress / Summit Ridge / 2014)
One of the biggest hazards of the expedition awaited us on the last day: the McKinley River. It was the same river we’d crossed nearly a month before, but now it was a much larger river because of the melting snow and ice in early July. After hours of scouting, we finally found a safe place to cross the mile-wide river.
There were many channels to cross, with a few large like this one, and the water was barely above freezing with the glacier just 15 km upstream. After each crossing our feet grew colder and our legs became stiffer, despite our thick insulating boots... The mountain in the background is Denali.