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Perseverance Is the Only Way

Climbing at night on Denali/Mt McKinley

Climbing at night on Denali/Mt McKinley

When I decided to climb Denali, the highest mountain in North America, I knew I needed to train for more advanced mountaineering skills. I used cramp-ons and ice axes on Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe and Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. But, on Denali I was roped in from day one when we left base camp and everyday not just in certain places but all the time. I took six months of practicing skills to learn how to survive. I drove to Portland once a week to an indoor rock wall and practiced climbing; trying to get strong enough to pull myself up if I fell in a crevasse on the mountain. I also drove once a week in the winter to New Hampshire and practiced cravass rescue on slopes of ice with an experienced guide who had climbed some major summits including Everest. Continue reading