Back Home!

Home, sweet home...

Hi everyone!  I'm back in the comfort of my own bed after a wonderful but very tiring climb of Denali in Alaska.  Our thirteen day ascent was a bit of a speed record for a large group (12 climbers)!!  Lost a few pounds and gained a few memories for sure Back Home!.

Here is a picture of the route.  I will be emailing a photo-essay to friends and family within a week or two.  If anyone at THL wishes a copy, please PM to be added to the list.

Hope everyone is well and I haven't missed too much Vacheron news.

Back Home!
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Welcome back!
06/18/2009 - 20:50
I was thinking of you when I read in the Boston Globe that two climbers died in a fall (one was a local doctor). Congratulations on your ascent and safe return. Bill
I read about the same incident
06/19/2009 - 03:28
and immediately thought of you too Dean.  Glad you're back: safe, tired and happy! BR, Dan
Mostly drama-free
06/19/2009 - 07:27
Hey Dan!  Thankfully our ascent was mostly drama-free.  One of our group "bonked" on the way down and actually fell off the route in front of me.  Because we were roped together I was able to stop her fall with my ice axe .
Thanks Bill
06/19/2009 - 07:24
So far this year there has "only" been 3 fatalities on Denali...the two climbers that fell and one that had a heart attack.  I learned that most bodies are left on the mountain due to difficulty of recovery and family wishes.  The head guide said there are about 75 bodies on the mountain so far .
Re: Back Home!
06/18/2009 - 21:40
great accomplishment, Dean! Welcome back. WOW, blue ice...haven't seen that for a while. Regards, Joseph
Blue Ice
06/19/2009 - 07:32
Joseph I'm sure you know, but for others...glacier ice turns blue when it is really really old after all of the air bubbles have been forced out over time due to the tremendous pressure!
YEEEEEH !! Good to have you back Dean and all I can say is
06/19/2009 - 11:55
WOW! Please do post some pictures of the trip here.
More Pics....
06/20/2009 - 00:21
Anything for you Alex .  Here we are climbing the fixed lines above camp 3:Looking down on camp 3:Heading up to camp 4 (high camp):The ridge to high camp:Looking back along the ridge:Heading up on summit day:Looking at the summit ridge:At the top (20,320 ft):Heading home:
06/20/2009 - 01:04
I have followed you Dean! Your  has been a very fascinating place Doc
Thanks Doc
06/20/2009 - 19:16
Your comments on the blog were much appreciated .
you've got me convinced! I'm going to take up climbing and hopefully
06/20/2009 - 10:45
will post a few pictures of myself patheticaly dangeling off the mountain for Loungers' Monday
Just imagine....
06/20/2009 - 19:23
Just imagine....
06/20/2009 - 19:24
the ice axe the wrong way? ouch!!!!!!! (nt)
06/20/2009 - 19:35
Glad to see you back in one piece.
06/20/2009 - 16:55
Those are some great pictures.   Love the blue ice.  We only get yellow snow in Osaka. Unfortunately, mountain climbing and asthma probably don't go too well together so I will just stick to the three flights of stairs at our train station. Good to have you back. Cheers, Kazumi
Team Wheeze
06/20/2009 - 19:29
Hey Kaz, funny enough there were two climbers on the team with asthma.  Myself (since birth) and another woman both had very slight difficulties.  I took up running as therapy many years ago and the condition has improved tremendously.  Sorry Doc, but if I'd listened to medical advice I'd probably be an invalid .