Wow why is someone re posting two posts from 2007 which is half the story. Because in 2008 I got additional information and I forwarded the email to the above poster and Harry advising them that I have new information and now agree that our team DID indeed summit Denali in June 2004. Now I am obligated to reply here to supply the full story. Jeez.
What happened is the VFTT team summited Denali in June 2004 in a total whiteout. We were all in great shape but hey we are at the summit. What happened is because of the whiteout I later asked someone to describe the summit and they gave me a doubt. Then I asked a guy on the shuttle bus that lived in Colorado and he said we WERE on the summit and he said he was just there on the summit so he knows. The picture of the summit at the airport also did match what I observed and I called Bob Williams, my summit mate, and said that I am now convinced that we were on the summit. In December of 2008 though, the new information was that I was being targeted for horrendous abuse and I decided that it was not the summit because I could not confirm.
But then Bob Williams led a private expedition up Denali in June 2008 (as I said in above post). I emailed Bob, my summit mate, who I met through Views From The Top (VFTT) after he returned and I asked if he could confirm. Bob (Robert aka Frodo) confirmed that YES we were on the summit in June 2004. He said no doubt. I personally FORWARDED that email to MC Reinhardt and Harry and said that based on this new information I believe we WERE indeed on the summit. So the above re-posts are only half the story and I need to explain the whole story. wow that I need to. I suppose if I personally go back someday I could confirm 100% but I have like 4 confirmations and only 1 no which was a total stranger. Plus the park ranger said we were on the summit.
There was an exact situation for me on the highest mountain in Arizona, Humphrey's Peak, when I was climbing the highest mountains in the 50 states. My friend Rob Krenik, his brothers, and my friend Ray Garcia all climbed the peak in a total whiteout. We thought we summited but I knew it wasn't so I went off on my own to the summit. It was safe for them as they had 5 people. I climbed in deep snow on and on and got to the real summit. But it was total whiteout, same as Denali. So the next day I called the ranger and asked them to describe and they could not confirm. That bothered me just the same as Denali. So I called Rob and said for sure he did not summit and I am not sure about me, so one month later, we drove back and we climbed the mountain in clear weather. Guess what. I was at the summit the first time. There was a half post like railroad wood that was very obvious, but the rangers could not confirm that the first
time. So I did go back and I did confirm and I now have climbed that mountain two times. So Denali could be two times if I go back there too.
So there is the FULL story. I consider I summited until I can prove otherwise. I have one stranger (not with us) that said no and I have several climbers that said yes including my summit mate Bob Williams that confirmed YES in 2008 that we were on the summit and he was with me the first time in 2004. This confirmation was after the above posts. There you go. Jeez. I love the truth and the truth is the whole story.
Go 7 summit climbers! Live your passion. Live the truth. Lots of good stuff coming up. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't live your passion. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't fulfill your goals. Goals are easy. One step at a time. And go Harry, basically my summit mate on Mt. Everest as we summited only about an hour apart on June 2, 2005.