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    Ok, this is hardcore. I was there in very early March one year. Incredibly cold and inhospitable. I can't imagine it in January. One tough puppy. Good on yer mate for using the 50's just like they were 20's.

    For 4th time, mountaineer Dupre tries to summit McKinley in January | Alaska Dispatch
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    I have a few friends that have challenged this mountain as well as peaks in the vicinity during the regular climbing season and have been unsuccessful. Denali's northern latitude makes this climb very difficult at the best of times.

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    You are right Troll. I love climbing on that mountain. It's not technical by the normal route, but it is a long slog. And it is high. Someone told me once that due to atmospheric pressure differences McKinley is comparable to a 24K peak in the Himalayas. I don't really understand that from a scientific point of view, but having been both places I surely understand it from a practical point of view. Doing it in January is truly man's work. Especially solo. Like I said, it was brutal in early March...which is well before the "normal" climbing season.
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    March is a green and muddy month down below. FARMERS like it, mostly.

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    Where are you at wolfy? I've been wondering for some time.
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    Northeast Nebraska.........just upriver from Sioux City, Iowa.

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    That explains it. We don't get into the fields here in Northern Indiana in March. We'd love to, but not a chance.
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    Reminds me of something silly my dad used to say. He said to drive across the country you start at the Atlantic ocean and drive through Nebraska until you hit the Pacific.
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    Most everybody that drives through Nebraska from coast to coast complains about how flat and unchanging the terrain in our state is. That's not surprising, really, as I-80 follows the Platte River valley clear across the state from east to west. It would really surprise most people, I think, if they bothered to see some of the rest of Nebraska......there's very little of it that can truly be called 'flat' EXCEPT for the Platte valley. It's the path of least resistance and why the Oregon & Mormon trails and the first trans-continental railroad was built there. I guess I should post some pictures, huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    You are right Troll. I love climbing on that mountain. It's not technical by the normal route, but it is a long slog. And it is high. Someone told me once that due to atmospheric pressure differences McKinley is comparable to a 24K peak in the Himalayas. I don't really understand that from a scientific point of view, but having been both places I surely understand it from a practical point of view. Doing it in January is truly man's work. Especially solo. Like I said, it was brutal in early March...which is well before the "normal" climbing season.
    I have heard a similar comparison between Denali and the big Himalayan peaks as well. There can be no doubt that this fellow is tough... both physically and mentally.

    I am sure you know that there are technical routes if one is looking for the challenge.

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