Prepare Prepare Prepare

Today I spent most of the day planning our food needs for the mountain, as well as planning our logistical needs for arrival and departure.

Of all aspects of climbing, I enjoy planning among the top 3.  It requires me to navigate the entire journey, start to finish, in my own mind, and is one of the intellectual components of climbing.  I visualize the preparation as follows:  Sorting and methodically organizing, and eliminating, all the gear and provisions we will need, placing all of these items into smaller bags, into bigger bags, into bigger bags, to make their way onto our departing plane.  

Arriving in Anchorage, being picked up by my friend, with whom I have corresponded. Spending the first day assembling and making last minute acquisitions.  The next day we travel to Talkeetna, where we sit through a mandatory National Park Service orientation, as well as orient on the travel from Talkeetna to the mountain glacier.  We leave at 1800 that day.   There is 24 hour daylight.

We arrive at the flight landing area, and spend the night.  The following day we will familiarize ourselves with our systems.  The following day we ascend (descend) to Camp 1, and from there, we lay siege to the mountain.  We have identified an itinerary, but we must remain flexible.

At some point we summit and reverse everything.  As with my preparation for any professional objective, I become so familiar with every aspect of the climb, so I can close my eyes and visualize each step.  I see how we look, what we're doing, for every hour of every day.  

Today, we have 26 days to our departure.  

Anthony McClaren