It's on, baby! It's on like Donkey Kong! The Denali climbing season is officially open. It started with the good men and women of Fort Wainwright's B Company 1st Battalion 52nd Aviation Regiment, nicknamed the Sugar Bears. They flew their CH-47 Chinook helicopters to basecamp, hauling all the stuff we climbers depend on for support. Check out the photos.
The National Weather Service is now tracking the weather on Big Mac, so if you're heading up be sure to terrify yourself by looking at it daily. And don't forget to hit the National Park Service to look at the annual weather summaries and mountaineering summaries.
By the way, you know what do all these organizations have in common? They are paid for by our tax dollars, so respect that and don't burden them any more than you have to. Plan and train to take care of yourself and your team on the mountain, and don't be a Jadranka!