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Thread: Denali 2015 Trip Report - A Retrospective

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    Denali 2015 Trip Report - A Retrospective

    Only took me seven years to write

    Denali 2015: The Ecstasy and the Agony

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    Good read. Definitely a good expose of the dynamics of climbing in a large, guided group.
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    Thanks for checking it out.

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    That was great! I really like your writing style. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Great work, it goes back to the days when the hiking forum was just a part of VFTT with a very active climbing forum.

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    Appreciate that guys! When I was writing it, I wasn’t sure if I was going to post the link anywhere. But I ultimately decided I needed to just put it out there. Process has been kind of cathartic for me.

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    I thought that it belonged in an issue of Appalachia from times past. Back when it had articles on expeditions to faraway places, the issues were about twice as thick as today, and...was included with your AMC membership.

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    That was a great read! As much as I would like to do something like that, I think I'm better off staying at lower altitudes. That HACE freaks me out!

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    Thanks Rhody!

    There is certainly a lot to be said for our far more reasonable Northeastern mountain altitudes.

    Never really seriously thought something like that would have happened to me though. Ambition and overconfidence are definitely not a good combo.

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    Thank you for sharing your story!

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    Likewise, thank you for the great write-up. I can understand why it took 7 years before deciding to put it to words, and I really appreciate you being so open about it. We are all mere mortals, each with our strengths and weaknesses.

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    Appreciate the time you took to read and comment, TEO and Salty!

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    Read every word and looked at every photo. Spellbinding and written in the best mountaineering style trip report. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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    Really great report! It reminded me of this book "Minus 148 degrees" that I read a while back. Personally, I know my limits (which are much lower) and I'm generally pretty careful not to exceed them.

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    Thank you so much, Peakbagr and iAmKrzys!

    It really means a lot to me to realize that folks I respect are reading every word of this TR and then taking the time to respond. It was certainly a tough one to write.

    I’m not sure it’s worthy of a “Minus 148 Degrees” comparison but to even be mentioned in the same paragraph as such a historic expedition is truly flattering. Fun fact: Dave Johnston of that legendary survival feat subsequently became the 88th person to complete all 50 US State Highpoints. I was number 270.

    Thanks again.

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