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Denali/Mt. McKinley Part 3:14,000ft to Summit

I last left you at 14,000ft camp on Mt. Mckinley. As I’ve said, this was the most beautiful camp on the mountain, but also the most intimidating. Just up the mountain from camp is the Headwall, the steepest section of the entire climb. It’s incredibly hard to judge how big the wall is … until you see people on it. I remember waking up our first morning at 14 camp and coming out of the tent to see these tiny specs on the trail up to the ridge. Those tiny specs were people! The magnitude of the Headwall was insane! Read more »

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Denali/Mt. McKinley Part 2: Lower Glacier to 14,000ft

This year, Denali lived up to the hype of brutal weather. Summit rates plummeted from the typical 50% to the low 30% when we arrived in Talkeetna, and having a HUGE snow day so early into the trip made us all a bit concerned. After our snowshoe fun we discussed our plan of action. Our amazing guide Melis decided we needed to wait for the snow to settle before heading up the mountain. Not only would this lessen the danger of avalanches, but also make travel over the feet of new snow easier. Read more »

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Denali/Mt. McKinley Part 1: Talkeetna and the Lower Glacier

First of all, I would like to apologize to anyone that was trying to follow my latest adventure on my blog. The site was hacked and a complete mess for awhile, but now it's back up and running! Thankfully I have an amazing friend that understands this computer stuff and magically fixed it all (thanks Andy Hawks!!). So with that all cleared up I can start sharing this amazing adventure with you all. 

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Tips for Infusions in Crazy Places!


Chances are if you have hemophilia, and can self-infuse, you've had to do it in less than ideal surroundings. For someone like me, who is terrified of needles, infusing anywhere can be a challenge. So here are some tips I have learned over the years infusing on the sides of mountains, in the backs of vans, on a sail boat, and even in a moving car!

1) Infusions are infusions. No matter where you are, you are putting a needle in your vein. Most of us have done this thousands and thousands of times so that's the easy part. Read more »

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Training Tips

I haven't written many "advice" columns, but as I recover from my latest injury and start picking up on training for my Denali climb this next summer, I thought I would share some things I have learned over the years.

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