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The BIG 5-0

June 24 2015 at 5:19 PM

Mark Styczynski  (Login MarkStyczynski)

 
Would just like to report that at 8 PM on June 21st, I summited Mount McKinley (AKA Denali, The Great One) completing my 50 state highpointing journey.

That is all. happy.gif

http://dispatches.alpineinstitute.com/search/label/2015%20Denali%20Team%206

 
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Steve Gruhn
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Congratulations!

June 25 2015, 9:53 AM 

Congratulations, Mark!

 
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markv
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W'capital H' hoo!

July 8 2015, 9:37 PM 

Congratulations. I can't wait to read the report.

 
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MarkStyczynski
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Thanks!

July 11 2015, 12:04 AM 

Thanks so much other Mark! You have got to get there. You totally have this mountain in you.

As for the TR, if you haven't already, you should take a look at the link to my Mountains'n'Stuff thread that I posted. Has a bunch of photos, my 50-state write-up and an eight minute long video posted by one of my rope-mates.

Not really sure I see myself doing the old on-line trip report for this one though. I'm feeling kind of over that sort of thing. Might do an article to the effect of "Denali - The Guided Experience" that could be of interest to you. But it probably won't be for at least a few weeks. Maybe longer.

Still basking in the glow of it all. happy.gif

 
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Mark Styczynski
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Photo Trip Report

June 29 2015, 1:26 PM 

Thanks Steve!

Also, for anyone who is interested, I posted a photo trip report over on the Mountains'n'Stuff site for distinguished mountaineers.

http://www.mountainsnstuff.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3826

 
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Steve R
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Mouth was agape reading all this. Wow, what an adventure...

July 23 2015, 10:26 PM 

Wish I had it in me to try Denali one day (after #49, Granite).

At 54 years old, I doubt I could do Denali. In fact, I'm sure I can't. But... I never thought I could do more than 40 HP's as I'm terrified of heights.

 
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Steve Gruhn
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Don't let age dissuade you

July 24 2015, 12:47 PM 

Don't let your age dissuade you from attempting Mount McKinley. My partner was 78 when we climbed it a couple years ago. The average age of our three-person team was over 60.

 
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Steve R
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I didn't realize it was possible to do it at this age. Thanks for that info.

July 26 2015, 5:22 PM 


 
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Steve R
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WOWEE! You must be SO STOKED. In awe, sir

July 20 2015, 8:20 PM 

Way to go. I got 2 left but wouldn't even attempt Alaska. I don't have it in me. Maybe... happy.gif.

 
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