Denali Part 6: The Full Pull
As we pulled our 85 pound sleds up the mountain, specifically between 11k and 14k camp, we got all sorts of looks, comments, and questions asking if we were doing a 'full carry'. Most teams on Denali shuttle gear slowly up the mountain making multiple trips back and forth between camps in order to carry lighter loads and use it as more time to acclimatize. In our case, we figured one long, slow, and strenuous day was better than two or three long, slow, and strenuous days. Not only this but doing full carry's between camp gave us much more flexibility on our climb schedule and went along with our make the most of good weather climbing strategy. Due to these long and hard days we put in pulling all of our gear to the next camp in one go we were able to capitalize on our very luck 6 day window of great weather and get up and down the mountain in that time. If we had gone to shuttling gear, taking multiple days to move up one camp, we would have inevitably ran into bad weather and our summit chances would have gone down tremendously. Moving up quickly to 14k camp allowed us ample time to stay there and wait for the perfect day to go for the summit, fortunately we got that day almost immediately. If you are willing to put in the longer and harder days on the front end of the trip, I think it pays off heavily on the back end when your looking to the summit.
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