View Full Version : Highpointers up the Butt: SUCCESS!!!

Mohamed Ellozy
06-14-2004, 05:47 AM
I got a very short message: They summitted in bad weather, but they summitted! Frodo will post a trip report when he returns.

06-14-2004, 06:15 AM
Woo-hoo! Congrats to them all, and safe journey down & home!!!

06-14-2004, 07:53 AM
Fantastic! Looking forwad to the full trip report! Big Congrats, now get home safely!

06-14-2004, 11:58 AM
That's fantastic! I wish them a safe journey home to celebrate!

06-14-2004, 02:49 PM
Originally posted by Mohamed Ellozy
I got a very short message: They summitted in bad weather, but they summitted! Frodo will post a trip report when he returns.
I wonder what Frodo considers "bad weather" if Beaver Brook Trail at night in the rain in winter is normal :-)

Congratulations, and a safe trip back

Cave Dog
06-14-2004, 04:51 PM
You have risen to the height of mountains. Congratulations.

Live the Dream,

Cave Dog

06-14-2004, 07:49 PM
What good news!!

Congrats guys!

Can't wait to read that trip report!

06-14-2004, 08:05 PM
Fantastico,mister frodo,come back safe!!!!!!!

06-14-2004, 08:26 PM
Good job on bagging Denali!!!


06-15-2004, 07:02 AM
Outstanding job. Yeee hah!! And most importantly, they are coming back safe!


06-15-2004, 08:07 AM
to celebrate their success

Tim Seaver
06-15-2004, 09:42 AM
Congratulations to Frodo and the Up the Butt crew.

Summiting Denali in perfect weather is daunting enough - to go for it in adverse conditions is a real test of your mountain expertise and courage.

Nice going!

poison ivy
06-15-2004, 10:46 AM
What fantastic news! I look forward to reading all the details in the upcoming trip report. Congrats, guys!

- Ivy

Rob S
06-15-2004, 11:23 AM

Congratulations on your success!!!

06-15-2004, 01:37 PM
I'm looking forward to pictures!!

Dr. Dasypodidae
06-17-2004, 11:28 AM
I never had any doubts about this team, before or after three of us bailed out. Congrats to Frodo, Ben, and John; they summited in less than 14 days, which is about as good as you can safely do on this huge mountain. Denali's West Buttress is a beautiful route and I am already planning my return.

06-17-2004, 01:07 PM
Alpine, if I know Frodo (and I do) he most assuredly has a shot of himself wearing that cap. Can't wait till he posts it.

Dr. Dasypodidae
06-17-2004, 03:15 PM
Frodo was still wearing his Yankees cap when I departed from 9600 ft on the Kahiltna, so I am sure that he was wearing it on the summit, even if under a few layers of additional clothing.

As a lifelong Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics fan, all I can say is "why can't we get players like that?" (latest example = Chauncey Billups with his World Championship ring). Or, as the person coming off the summit of Jefferson said to Frodo when we were on our way up during our northern Presi traverse this past late December, "at least you are wearing the right hat."

06-18-2004, 01:46 AM
Just got back to Boston about 2 hours ago, and all I have to say is it's great to be home! It's also awesome to see the beautiful, beautiful night, which is something I haven't seen for 19 days. The Boston driving is something that I haven't missed though...

I just want to thank everyone for all of the support. It is somewhat overwhelming to read all of these posts. I know most of you and there might be more spectacular mountains outside of the Northeast, but the people here in the NE hiking community are top notch, and can not be surpassed. You people are fantastic!

Just a few more things before I head to bed;

I will try and post a trip report by the end of the weekend, which will likely be just summit day (the rest of the time we were either just pack animals hauling supplies and gear up and down the mountain, or stuck in our tents due to bad weather) . I will also post some pictures which will likely keep evolving once Ben, John, and I start sharing each others. AND, to answer the question.... yes I was wearing a Yankees cap on the summit. I had a lightweight balaclava under it, and a heavy balaclava over it along with a down hood and a gortex hood. (The summit was -20F with 20-25mph winds, brrrrr.....) It was also nice to come off of the glacier after 16 days to see that the Yanks were up by 5-1/2 :)

Thank you Mohamed for doing such a fantastic job deciphering my messages, and for taking the time to post them. A few of the latter ones I either had reception problems or I was just sheer exhausted. As for the summit message, our summit attempt was in beautiful weather, but due to sheer bad timing (or maybe the spirit of Ted Williams had something to do with it), the clouds started rolling in off the N. Summit and headed towards us as we started ascended towards the S. summit ridge. Before we could make it to the ridge we found ourselves in a whiteout. The rest I will leave for the trip report...

I want to thank Peter Anderson for being the key organizer for this whole adventure. Without him, this wouldn’t have happened. He also was Ben, John, and myself’s inspiration for attempting the summit from 14,200’ (99% of the people do not attempt the summit from here, and most people thought we were nuts, but it’s good to be a little different). Peter did it in 97.

I also want to thank Thom Davis for all of the guidance and planning over the past 8 months. You were also key in making this trip happen. By the way, thanks for leaving that large cache of food at 7200’ basecamp. We spent 17 hours there waiting for a flight off of the glacier, and ravaged the goodies out of your cache like 3 crazed wolverines...

I also want to thank GO for being another key part of this adventure, and for renting the Sat phone. You are like a big brother to me, and I was saddened to see you leave...

As for Ben and John, even though we suffered together, occasionally argued, spent many days roped together, and underwent a severe lack of hygiene that even thru hikers would have envied, I will never forget our experience together, ever... You two were fantastic partners to share this adventure with.

But the number one person to thank is my wife, who lets me keep living my dreams, and prevents my re-occurring nightmare from happening, which is me coming home and finding all of my stuff out by the curb... I am a lucky guy!

06-18-2004, 07:29 AM
A little late I guess.....but I just got this email from Frodo's wife asking me to post this:

"Congrats to my HUSBAND BOB(Frodo)!!!!! Love his Wife and kids, we look forward to seeing him when he comes home at last."

06-18-2004, 09:18 AM
Congrat Frodo. What an accomplishment! I have only seen the mountain from the park and it looked awesome. I can't imagine looking down form the top

Dr. Dasypodidae
06-18-2004, 01:14 PM
Congrats again, and great posting, Frodo! I look forward to reading your summit day report and seeing your pics, and doing some more hikes together in the Whites this summer. Also, I will be picking your brain, of course, for my planned return to Denali. Enjoy the night darkness!

06-18-2004, 03:53 PM
When I first saw Denali from the Wonder Lake Campground last fall, it was the first mountain that I didn't instantly want to climb. It's big and mean looking. But, the more I think about it, and read stuff like this, i.e. -20 w/ 20-25 mph winds, the more my mind is changing. Sounds amazing. Maybe someday! Congrats again! Can't wait to see the pics!

John Christiana
06-19-2004, 05:29 AM
Hi, I'll post more later too. Just for now want to thank all 5 of the other team members. I learned a little from everyone. Peter Anderson did a great job organizing the trip and Thom added a lot. Everyone had different skills that added to the trip. Thom, I look forward to doing Granite. GO, i look forward to doing Katahdin. God bless you.

When Bob, Ben, and I summitted, I think we all added to the success and we summitted as a team.

As Peter pointed out, we needed KSE (Knowledge, Skills, Experience). Then we had to condition ourselves (3-4 months), prepare, and possess quality gear. Then we needed some luck with weather and good health. Finally, if you get by all that, then the last attribute needed is mental fortitude....to get through the hard work of carring gear up the glacier, and patience and good spirits to wait out the storms.

On summit day, I knew i was going to the top, weather permitting. It was blue sky clear until about the last 4 hours before the summit. Even though the snowstorm provided us whiteout conditions, some wind, and cold temperatures, I still never doubted we were going to the top. I was proud of Bob and Ben for pushing through to the top too.

I am happy to say the biggest problem with the whole trip was the major airlines! They just delivered my 2 bags to my house (only 4 phone calls and 36 hours after I arrived back in San Francisco)!!

Thanks Mohamed, and all, for the support.

And thanks again to the entire team for sharing your skills and being a part of my passion to summit North America.


06-19-2004, 08:39 PM