The good news is that we were part of the 19% of climbers who were able to get to the summit of Denali, so far, this year! The bad news is that while I was on the summit, I managed to lose my iphone (cell phone), which means that I've lost a lot of my phone contact info for many of you.
After a week of waiting for snowstorms to abate, we have just landed back into the little town of Talkeetna. From there, we'll head back to Anchorage, Alaska, visiting with some friends, and then, finally, back to Portland. We've yet to schedule that flight. After we get back home, I'll be dealing with the cell phone issue.
We "only" went to the South Peak (the top of North America). After the exhausting 12 hours to summit, and about 4-1//2 hours back to high camp, we weren't ready to attempt the North Peak. Neither was the weather going to allow us another opportunity for another couple of weeks. I'd allowed for 30 days (which people laughed at, prior to us going), but those 30 days were used up with just the South Peak, and the expected subsequent storms. So, we headed down the hill without a chance to attempt the (easier) North Peak. It's a little sad, but, at the moment, I'm reveling in being able to use a toilet and the ability to take a shower, and absolutely thrilled that we were able to beat the odds and get on the summit on what turned out to be a spectacular day!!!!!! No wind - cold as could be - but clear, clear skies!!!!!!