Weather forces Warfighter Sports Denali climb team down the mountain

Alaska’s Denali, North America’s highest peak.

According to a the website tracking the progress of a Denali climbing team made up of wounded war veterans, the team has been forced to head down the mountain because of unrelenting high winds.

The post says the following:

Day 20.6/30: Bad weather has forced the team to head back down the mountain after waiting a week at 14,000 for the strong winds to subside.

A week at 14,000 feet in nasty weather is a long time, and weather windows are fickle on that peak. I don’t know for certain if that means this is the end of the climb, but for now, the planned┬ásummit of the mountain will not happen.

The team consists of wounded war veterans, many of whom are multiple amputees. Warfighter Sports does all kinds of things to help veterans reclaim their athleticism, and has put a team of climbers on top of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.

I’ll update if I hear more. Needless to say, the team’s experience on the mountain is not unique to them. Denali has pushed back all types, from climbing pros to first-timers. They did well in climbing 7,000 feet from the glacier base camp to where they turned back.

Bob Doucette

On Twitter @RMHigh7088

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