Mt. Denali Solo Expedition 2016

MOUNT DENALI SOLO EXPEDITION 2016

 

 

Mount Denali Solo Expedition 2016

Mount Denali Solo Expedition 2016

 

 

1.o   Introduction

 

Mount McKinley or Denali in Alaska is the highest mountain peak in North America at a height of   approximately 20,320 feet (6,194 meters) above sea level and the northern most mountain above 6,000 meters elevation in the world. It is the centrepiece of Denali National Park. Measured from base to peak at some 18,000 ft (5,500 m), it is also the largest of any mountain entirely above sea level.

2.0   Location

 

Mount McKinley is located in the central portion of the Alaska Range, which spans much of south central Alaska. It is approximately 130 miles (210 km) north-northwest of Anchorage and 155 miles (250 km) southwest of Fairbanks. The summit is approximately 35 miles (56 km) from the nearest major road, the George Parks Highway

Denali 3

 

3.0   Notable features

 

Mount McKinley has a larger bulk and rise than Mount Everest. Even though the summit of Everest is 9000 feet higher, measured from sea level, its base sits on the Tibetan Plateau at about 17,000 feet, giving it a real vertical rise of little more than 12,000 feet. The base of Denali is roughly a 2,000 foot plateau, giving it an actual rise of 18,000 feet.The mountain is also characterized by an unusually severe risk of altitude illness and extremely cold weather due to its high latitude and its proximity to the jet stream. At the equator, a mountain as high as Mount McKinley would have 47% as much oxygen available on its summit as there is at sea level, but because of its very high latitude, the pressure on the summit is much lower.

Layout of the mountain

 

Mount McKinley has two significant summits: the South Summit is the higher one, while the North Summit has an elevation of 19,470 feet (5,935 m) and a prominence of approximately 1,320 feet (402 m). The North Summit is sometimes counted as a separate peak (see e.g. the List of United States fourteeners) and sometimes not; it is rarely climbed, except by those doing routes on the north side of the massif. Five large glaciers flow off the slopes of the mountain. The Peters Glacier lies on the northwest side of the massif, while the Muldrow Glacier falls from its northeast slopes. Just to the east of the Muldrow, and abutting the eastern side of the massif, is the Traleika Glacier. The Ruth Glacier lies to the southeast of the mountain, and the Kahiltna Glacier leads up to the southwest side of the mountain.

12806192_1574113862911542_6799356089867767124_n copy

Expedition Schedule

 

The Denali Expedition is schedule to start from 9th. June to 30th. June, 2016.

 

 

Denali 6 copy 1

 

 

The Expedition Cost

 

The expedition will cost about USD8,000.00 per climber not including the travel cost and permit cost.

 

 

Expedition Challenges

 

All flights to Base Camp will be landing on Glacier at. First experience for Malaysian Ice Man Gecm Ravi Everest (Ravieverest Gecm) for the coming Mount Denali Solo Expedition 2016. Climbing routes on the south side of Mt. Denali (McKinley) require that you take a bush plane from Talkeetna to Base Camp on the Kahiltna Glacier. The same services can also arrange to fly you from Anchorage to Talkeetna for an extra charge.

 

 

Denali 10

 

 

 

Expedition Sled Rigging

 

Pulling sleds on an expedition is very much a love-hate relationship – one that is unquestionably weighted towards the latter. For the most part, sleds are a beast of burden and a huge pain in the posterior. I have seen the exasperated faces of Denali climbers doing battle with their sleds countless times, and everyone seems to think, “surely there must be a better way.”

Read an updated version of this article on how to rig an expedition sled on our main website, AlpineInstitute.com.

There are definitely some methods that are better than others, but in the end, sleds are inconvenient, cumbersome, get in the way, and frustrate you to no end. During the moments where your sled is working smoothly and efficiently, revel in it, because soon the path ahead will change and it will be pulling you off balance, tripping you, getting tangled in the rope, and flipping over. Don’t worry – it is all par for the course and part of the joys of expedition climbing.

Having set the stage for frustration, I can now say that sleds are invaluable tools on expeditions like Denali’s West Buttress. The hassle is more than worth the benefit of not having to carry all that gear on your back.

Below you will find a description of a system that AAI uses to rig and pull expedition sleds. What method will work best for you will ultimately depend on your sled and pack models and what feels best given your dimensions and load.

Some basic principles of pulling sleds are as follows:
• The majority of the sled weight should be born by your hips and not your backpack or shoulders.
• Some form of a sliding or self-equalizing attachment point for the sled tether/sled attachment is very useful in maintaining equal load on each tether while traversing or on uneven terrain.
• Make sure your attachment system is redundant and that total failure of loss of a sled is not possible.
• Be patient. When you get tripped and fall down for the 10th time that day, chuckle and remember that you aren’t working and you are in the mountains, so how bad can it be?
• Mind the sled in front of you. Don’t forget, when going downhill on a rope team, you are responsible for managing the rope and sled in front of you. This means constantly paying attention and putting forth continual effort to keep the rope and sled from running into the pack of your buddy.
• Experiment with different set-ups if yours does not feel manageable or sustainable. If your sled seems like an unmanageable burden or if it puts unbearable weigh on your pack, mix it up a bit and use the principles contained herein to guide your experiments.

Gear needed (diagram and labels in photo below):1. 2 x non-locking carabiners
2. 1 x 11 to 13-foot piece of 6 mil cord for sled pulls/tethers
3. 2 x 3-foot pieces of 6 mil cord.
4. 1 x Expedition Sled
5. Attachment points for duffel tether.
6. 25 feet of 4 mil cord for duffle bag tether
7. 1 x locking carabiner for rope attachment.
8. 1 x locking carabiner or a pulley.

 

 

Sled Pulling Training

 

Sled Pulls – Additional training for Alaska / Mt. Denali Challenge. Sled pulls are a brutal functional exercise that hits the upper body, developing both aerobic and anaerobic capacity and targeting the back, shoulders, biceps and grip muscles.

 

13062309_767385630027842_86760 104060377382198_n copy 2

 

Rigging Your Sled

 

1. Make sure your sled has attachment points or loops for your duffel bag tether feed through. These are labeled #5 in the photo. If your sled doesn’t have them, they are easy enough to fashion with any thin cordage.

Some sleds come with pre-made attachment points. If
yours doesn’t have them, they are easy to make from thin cord.

2. Form the nose and tail attachment points with the two pieces of 3-foot 6 mil cord. Do this by making a loop from the cord using a double fisherman’s knot threaded through holes in the sled. The length of the cord will depend on your sled and the hole configuration. Three feet seems about right for most models. This attachment point needs to be a loop using a secure knot. This will prevent loss of the sled if one hole in the plastic were to fail.

On the nose of the sled, form a loop for an attachment point
using the 3-foot sections of 6 mil cord and a double fishermans knot.

3. Set up your sled pulls using the 11 to 13-foot length of 6 mil cord and the two non-locking carabiners. There are a few ways to attach the sled pull to the nose attachment point. My favorite, even though it is more gear intensive, is to use a small crevasse rescue pulley. This allows the sled pulls to run freely through the attachment point and to remain equalized on uneven terrain. To do this, I run the nose attachment cord through the carabiner hole in the pulley and they run the sled pulls through the pulley wheel hole. A carabiner can also be used in place of the pulley, but this would allow the sled pull to slide all of the way through the carabiner should one of the pack attachment points come undone. As long as you build redundancy into your sled attachment, this shouldn’t be much of a concern.

An overview of the nose rigging on the sled. The red
cord is the sled pull cordage which will attached to your pack.

4. Fashion your attachment method for the sled pulls. Again this can be done a number of ways. I recommend either a figure-8 or fisherman’s knot on a non-locking carabiner as pictured below. These will attach to your backpack.

To attach the sled pulls to your pack, use two non-locking carabiners and either a fisherman’s knot or a figure eight. Use these knots to adjust the length of your sled pulls to your ideal distance from the sled.

5. Attach your duffel bag tether. This is the 25-foot piece of 4 mil cord that will be used to tied your duffel bag and gear to your sled. I usually tie one end of this directly to your nose or tail attachment point of the sled rather than one of the smaller and weaker attachment points as in the picture.

The tail rigging (same loop as for the nose) and duffel bag tether.

6. Attach your sled pulls to your pack. Unfortunately, there are many variables in this aspect of the rigging process. What system will work best depends on the configuration of your pack and a few other factors that can’t really be assessed ahead of time. Remember the principle concern is to get the weight of the sled onto your hips and not the pack itself. Below is a diagram that shows an attachment point that works well on the Gregory Pro pack. Most other similarly sized packs have an attachment point on or near the wait belt that can work well. If your pack doesn’t have a suitable attachment point on the waist belt, one can be fashioned by wrapping 6 mil cord around you pack and forming a power point to attach the sled pulls to. In my experience, this is a less user-friendly and efficient method and should be a last resort.

Setting the length of your sled pulls for optimum distance from your sled can be tricky, and it is something that you will get a feel for over time. As a general rule, I think it works best to have the sled pulls as short as possible while having them far enough away from your feet that they won’t easily interfere with walking. Bear in mind that on the descent, the person behind you will be managing your sled, which will tend to chase you down the hill, and so you don’t want the sled pulls too tight or it will be more difficult for your sled manager to keep the sled from hitting your feet.

Denali 9 copy

7. Attach the sled to the climbing rope. In most cases while in glacier travel mode, you will want your sled tied into the climbing rope. This is most often and most easily accomplished by using a clove hitch on the locking carabiner (see tail rigging photo above). Tying the climbing rope into the sled servers a few different purposes. First it allows the person behind you on the rope team to manage your sled while going downhill. Second, it provides some redundancy to your primary sled attachment to prevent loss of a sled in the even of a crevasse fall or knot/equipment failure in the primary system.

8. The last and final step…PULL!!

Denali alaska 3

Sponsorship

 

The Main Sponsors for this expedition is Rafulin Holdings. The other product sponsors are as the following banner.

 

Negeri Sembilan Flag

Negeri Sembilan Flag

Mt Denali Expedition 2016 Banner

Mt Denali Expedition 2016 Banner

 

 

Thank You Sponsors

 

Negeri Sembilan

Being a Negeri Sembilan native borne kid, the Negeri Sembilan State and their people are always supporting behind his world wide adventures.

Rafulin Holdings

 

The North Face- Apparels Sponsorship

Most of  Ravi  apparels during Mt Denali Solo Expedition sponsored by The North Face. 

 

 

Bolle- Sponsorship of Bolle Sunglasses and Bolle Goggles

 Ravi trust Bolle strength and quality for all outdoor activities especially for trekking and climbing big mountains especially at Mt Denali,Alaska. Ravi using Bolle Virtuose Asian Fit, Bolle 6th Sense Shiny White, Bolle Bolt Shiny White, and Vortex Green Edge Shiny White.

 

13458512_10208140498204629_6546477920414509876_o

Eva Airways Corporation-Eva Air sponsors air ticket to US for climbing and expedition.

Ravi using airline service from Eva Airways Corporation for Mount Denali Solo Expedition 2016. Eva Air is a Taiwan international airline based at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport near  Taipei, Taiwan operating passenger and dedicated cargo services to over 40 international destinations in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.  

Happy to be inside Eva Air flight and the service is fantasticHappy to be inside Eva Air flight and the service is fantastic. The meal is so delicious and chocolate cake makes it good.

 

Celcom- Sponsorship for Phone call

Celcom Axiata Sdn Bhd has signed on as the sponsors for Mt Denali Expedition 2016 by providing phone call facility.

 

Kahtoola-Sponsorship on Gear Outdoor

Ravi used Kahtoola K10 Crampons and Kahtoola Microspikes during Mount Denali Solo Expedition 2016. Kahtoola Microspikes are well made, easy to use and durable. Its great to use on Mt Denali, Alaska.

 

Hypergear-Sponsorship of Waterproof Accessories

Hypergear provides Ravi waterproof bag to protect all electronic equipment and keep all clothing dry during expedition at Alaska 2016.  Ravi using Hypergear Dry Bag Q 3L for the expedition.

 

Suunto-Watches Sponsorship

Ravi using Suunto watches Ambit 3 for these expeditions including current 30days of climbing and preparing for the Denali Challenge in Nepal. The Suunto Ambit3 Peak guides every step of the way, providing all the need to progress and stay safe on Ravi quest.

 

GoalZero-Portable Solar Panel Sponsorship 

GoalZero is now the leader in portable solar panels and batteries. Ravi using Portable Solar Panel to power all electronic equipment during the expedition.

 

 

Thorlo-Socks sponsorship for expedition.

Thorlo is a brand with a vision; a company that dreams about improving your health, wellness and enjoyment of life by protecting and enhancing the health and well being of your feet. Thorlo socks are one the best socks for a reason – they are the only socks that have been proven ‘clinically’ to reduce blisters, pressure sores and foot pain, whilst wicking moisture away from the foot.

6d1d14a6-8305-4afa-b8e6-aa5bb3470e17

 

Flexiroam- Sponsorship of Sim Card for expedition

Flexiroam is a International Roaming to updates all Ravi journey to this websites and stay connected. Flexiroam is a good service for smartphone solution.

Rand Asia- Embroidery and digital printing  Sponsorship

Rand Asia is known as the “Solution Provider” in the computerized embroidery and digital printing industry  has come forward by sponsoring a set of banner “Mt Denali Solo Expedition 2016”

 

CamelBak- Sponsorship on hands-free hydration systems

CamelBak come forward by sponsoring CamelBak products Camel Bak Chute  1liter. It provides an ergonomic drink interface that delivers a high flow of water without sloshing or spilling. 

 

GoGain- Sponsorship on outdoor equipment

GoGain industry come forward by sponsoring Ravi with trekking pole “Blue SKY 2”, vacuum flask and gas stove booster during Mt Alaska Expedition 2016.

 13501708_10208140439283156_4223946261076585330_n (1)

We are looking for some advertisers & sponsors to participate and take the opportunity for Logo / Branding / Product Marketing and Creating Awareness during these Project. The ROI will benefit many brands and organizations.

 

Those who are interested, please contact :

 

Global Expedition Club Malaysia

Email : ravieverest8848@gmail.com and ravigecm@gmail.com