Climb to the top of the tallest mountain in North America.
Take a shallow breath. Remove those skis from your pack. Take a shallow breath. You just carried them to 20,310 feet.
Take a shallow breath. Step in. Take a shallow breath. Try to ski.
If lucky, most expeditions summit Denali about 18 days after stepping foot on the lower glacier at 7,000 feet.
Just eight days after starting, Jeremy Jones, Robin Hill, Conrad Anker, and I skied off the summit of the massive peak.
Over the next three weeks, I climbed and/or skied the West Buttress, fixed lines, Rescue Gully, Orient Express, and Fantasy Ridge.
We also got stuck in a lightening storm at over 19,000 feet and I got some sort of altitude sickness, but I'll save those stories for later.