PLEASE SUPPORT “DENALI AT LAST PROJECT!”
To Whom It May Concern:
In June 2012 (June 1st - 23rd weather dependent), Carlin Val and his team of four
climbers will climb the West Buttress route to the summit of Mount McKinley (Denali) to
raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association. As part of their
expedition, Carlin has pledged to raise $6194 for the Canadian Mental Health
Association ($1 for every meter high of the mountain) to support this association and the
programs they offer to our community.
“Mental health problems affect one in every five young people at any given time.
The first symptoms of severe, chronic forms of mental illness (such as
schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety disorders) generally
appear between the ages of 15 and 24 (CMHA, 2003). However, fear of stigma
and the resulting discrimination discourages individuals and their families from
getting the help they need. An estimated two-thirds of all young people with
mental health problems aren’t receiving the help they need. And the most
alarming statistics of all show that in Canada, suicide is the third leading cause of
death among young people aged 15-24 and at least 90% of those who
committed suicide had a diagnosable mental illness.”
During the next couple Months we plan on hosting a series of fundraisers, including a
dinner, Adventure movie night, a mall expedition (i.e. stair climber marathon in the local
mall), On the radio, on Rogers T.V. and hopefully more.
We would like to ask for your support of this event by donating merchandise for
our climb. We will work hard to show the community the value of your support. In return
for your generous donation, your company name will be displayed on the following
promotional materials and event signage.
Sponsorship Category Donation Promotional (Where your business will be seen)
Base Camp Sponsor $100 Hand out cards (see example)
Low camp Sponsor $250 Hand out cards and our website http://atlastadventures.com/
High Camp Sponsor $500 Hand out cards, our website, and all of our fundraiser
Summit Sponsor $1000 Hand out cards, our website, all of our fundraiser events,
and your company’s logo on a flag at the summit.
Meet the team:
Carlin Val (Team Leader): I started climbing in 1998, and haven’t looked back
since. In 2002, I began subcontracting my services as an instructor/guide to
climbing companies in Ontario and Yukon (i.e. Escarpment Outdoor Adventures,
One Axe Pursuits, Equinox Rox Adventures Yukon, Smart Outdoors, Lakehead
University, and Equinox in Ontario). In the spring of 2010, I started At Last
Adventures, which is a small instruction/guiding company located in the Bruce
Peninsula (Ontario). After a climbing trip to the Bugaboos, I started researching
Peru, and in 2006 I found myself summiting Mount Vallunaraju (5686m) and
Mount Pisco Oeste (5752m). Since then I have been speaking at
conferences/schools about the links between expedition behaviour and real life.
Dave Shepherd: (Owner of Escarpment Outdoor Adventures) Certified in 2001
by the American Mountain Guides Association, Dave is equally at home climbing
in the Rockies or portaging in Northern Ontario. Dave is an all around outdoors
enthusiast and the Lead Instructor and Program Director for EOA.
Dane Kress: Although fairly new to the mountaineering world, his upbeat nature
and extreme positivity on this expedition well come in useful when snowed in at
high camp for an extra day. Dane has been rock climbing since 2002, and has a
sponge like brain for absorbing new things. Dane and I have been through it all,
from being trapped on pitch 2 while waiting for a hungry bear to go away to
sleeping/surviving in -35 C weather on an 8 day dog sledding expedition. Did I
mention he’s nominated for the best belayer award of all time?
Ryan Strohmaier has been climbing since 1997. He has been subcontracting
out his instructional experience since 2001, with One Axe Pursuits. His mountain
experience can be derived from his expeditions climbing Mt Rainier, Washington
State (4,392m in 2001), an attempt on Denali, Alaska (high point 4,938m in
2001), Ruminahui, Ecuador (4,722m in 2010), and another attempt on Cotopaxi,
Ecuador (high point 5000m in 2010). The experience he has developed over
these expeditions have fined tuned his skills when faced with bad weather,
glacier travel, and making difficult decisions. Safety and fun is his primary goal on
all trips he is a part of.
Tyler Adams has been climbing since 2009. He has taken to the sport with such
enthusiasm that his technical skills have, in just three years, matched others his
senior. With the intense terrain and high calibre climbing that the Korean
peninsula brings to climbers, Tyler has been able to heighten his technical skills
and safety awareness as a result. His enthusiasm and camaraderie bring an
element to the team that will be welcomed on those long climbing days.
Presently, Ryan and Tyler are residing and training in South Korea. Their
contribution to the team will consist of logistics support. With Ryan’s prior
experience on Denali, the team can be assured that the detail planning and
successful execution of the expedition can fall onto his experience.
Our Commitment to Safety and the Environment:
Although we are still in the planning stages we have all agreed that personal and
team safety will be held to the upmost degree throughout the entire expedition.
The summit is our objective, but the experience and returning home safe is our
We have organized a meeting with Denali park staff upon our arrival to inform of
us any new environmental issues, pertaining to the sensitive mountain eco-
system. In addition to LNT Principles, we will be carrying our own personal
barrel latrines, to ensure that we pack out everything we pack in. We are
continually learning, and are open to new ways in which we can reduce our
environmental impact on the mountain.
So far we have received notable contribution from National E Counselling,
Wilderness Supply, Grigg Sport Strategies and Suntrail Source for Adventure.
We are continuing to seek out support and welcome any future contributions.
Please see bottom of document.
Thank you for your kind and careful consideration of your request. Please feel to
contact me if you have any questions about our project or if you require any further
information to assist with your decision.
73 Main Street Lion’s Head, ON.
Equipment List: Highlight Items are things that we still
Est. Cost TBD
Bag & Pack
Duffel Bag: A 100+ liter bag made of tough material with rugged zippers. This duffel will be used on the
mountain to transport gear in your sled.
Backpack: A 90+ liter pack is the recommended size for this climb. It is imperative that your backpack is
large enough and tough enough to handle the load. A separate summit pack is not needed.
SLEEPING BAG: A bag rated to -20° to -30° F. Either goose down or synthetic, with ample room for
movement. Most guides prefer down, because it is lightweight and compactable. A waterproof bag is preferred,
but not mandatory.
The temperature rating system for sleeping bags is arbitrary and is not a guarantee of warmth. Base your
selection on how well you do in the cold. If you tend to sleep on the cold side, choose a bag rated on the lower
end of the temperature range. Using two sleeping bags together is not recommended.
COMPRESSION STUFF SACK FOR SLEEPING BAG
SLEEPING PAD - INFLATABLE: A full-length inflatable pad.
SLEEPING PAD - CLOSED FOAM: A full-length or 3/4 length closed cell foam pad. This
second sleeping pad is placed on top of the inflatable.
ICE AXE: The length of your axe depends on your height. Use the following general mountaineering formula: up
to 5'8", use a 65 cm. axe; 5'8" to 6'2", use a 70 cm. axe; and taller, use a 75 cm. axe. If you hold the axe so that it
hangs comfortably at your side, the spike of the axe should still be a few inches above the ground.
CLIMBING HARNESS: A comfortable, adjustable climbing harness
5 NON-LOCKING CARABINER(S)
2 LOCKING CARABINER(S)
HELMET: A lightweight climbing helmet.
CRAMPONS: The 12-point adjustable crampons designed for general mountaineering are ideal. Carry any repair
kit/replacement parts and adjusting tools which are specific to your crampons.
AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVER: A digital transceiver is preferred; analog will work as well.
TREKKING POLES: Lightweight and collapsible.
MECHANICAL ASCENDER: For traveling on fixed ropes.
Two 60 cm 'Single-Length' pre-sewn slings. Need one for use with mechanical ascender, plus a second for
security on the fixed lines. Dyneema or Dynex slings are preferable to nylon because they are thinner, stronger
and easier to handle.
A 120 cm 'Double-Length' pre-sewn sling, for an ice axe 'Alaska' leash.
20' of nylon accessory cord for miscellaneous lashing.
Three bungee cords (approximately 12” – 18” each).
25' of 6mm perlon cord for sled tether, sled prussik and backpack 'ditch loop'.
SNOWSHOES: Select a short to medium length model of snowshoe. The 22" model and the optional heel lift
work well for most climbers. Team members are more often 'drafting' as opposed to actually breaking trail, so it is
not necessary to have a longer pair. The 'shoes should have an attached claw or crampon for better purchase.
Miles of roped glacier travel will be logged wearing snowshoes. It is recommended to spend some time walking in
them prior to the trip.
1 3 person four season tent
1 high altitude efficient stove
WARM HAT: Wool or synthetic. It should be warm and thin enough to fit underneath a climbing helmet.
BALACLAVA / NECK GAITER
BUFF OR BANDANA: A buff or bandana provides good protection from the sun and dust as well as insulation
from the cold, dry air.
2 PAIR GLACIER GLASSES: A pair of dark-lensed sunglasses with side shields or full wrap-type sunglasses.
GOGGLES: Amber or rose-tinted goggles for adverse weather. Additionally, contact lens wearers may find a
clear-lensed goggle very useful on windy nights.
NEOPRENE FACE MASK
LIGHT WEIGHT GLOVE: One pair of fleece gloves.
MEDIUM WEIGHT GLOVE: Wind/water resistant insulated mountain gloves.
HEAVY WEIGHT INSULATED GLOVE OR MITTEN: Wind/water resistant, insulated gloves or mittens for
protection against wind, snow and cold. These also serve as emergency back-ups if you drop or lose a glove.
2 LIGHT TO MEDIUM WEIGHT BASELAYER: Long-sleeve wool or synthetic top will be used as your base layer.
Zip-neck styles will allow for better temperature regulation.
LIGHT INSULATING LAYER: A fleece or other insulation layer.
SOFT SHELL LAYER: A windproof, water-resistant and highly breathable layer.
HARD SHELL JACKET: A jacket made of rain/wind-proof material with an attached hood.
DOWN OR SYNTHETIC INSULATED JACKET: A hooded down or synthetic jacket.
DOWN PARKA WITH ATTACHED HOOD: This item becomes of highest importance when we are faced with
poor weather. This should be an expeditionary-type heavy parka that extends well below the waist and above the
knees. Goose down is recommended versus synthetic fill. It does not have to be waterproof, but that is a nice
feature. The parka is worn primarily in camp, at rest breaks, and on summit day (when it is of crucial importance).
When sizing a parka, allow for several layers to be worn underneath; buy it large. The parka must have an
1 - 3 PAIR UNDERWEAR: Non-cotton briefs or boxers.
LIGHT TO MEDIUM WEIGHT BASELAYER: Light to medium weight wool or synthetic bottoms.
CLIMBING PANT: Synthetic climbing pants offer a wide range of versatility. You can wear them alone on hot
days, or in combination with the base layer on cold days. The thickness (insulation quality) should be based on
how well you do in the cold.
HARD SHELL PANT: A pant made of breathable rain and wind-proof material will be needed. Full-length side
zippers are required for facilitating quick clothing adjustments over boots and crampons in cold, inclement
DOWN OR SYNTHETIC INSULATED PANT: A synthetic primaloft pant.
MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS: Expedition-style quality plastic double boot, with high altitude expedition-style inner
boot is mandatory. Price is the best indicator. Though expensive, the function of footwear is of crucial importance.
Select a brand's "top of the line" model and it should be sufficient for Denali. The boot needs to be roomy enough
to allow for good circulation. Anticipate a sock combination when sizing them (single sock, liner and sock, or two
heavy socks on each foot). The idea is to adequately fill the volume of the boot, and to insulate. Wear the boots
as often as possible before the climb, to determine proper fit, comfort and performance. Intuition Liners may be
considered if you're looking to upgrade plastic boots for additional warmth, comfort and performance.
OVERBOOTS: Expedition overboots add significant warmth, especially at high altitude. All-in-one mountaineering
boots do not need the added insulation of overboots.
BOOTIES: Goose down or synthetic fill. Booties can be worn inside of the overboots while walking around camp,
which allows an opportunity to dry out inner boots.
GAITERS: A knee-length pair of gaiters, large enough to fit over your mountaineering boots. This will protect you
from catching your crampons on loose clothing.
4+ PAIR SOCKS: Either wool or synthetic. Some people find liner socks useful for reducing friction.
Lipscreen: high SPF
MEALS: See the Food tab for suggestions and quantities.
CHEMICAL HAND WARMERS
2 - 3 WATER BOTTLES: One-quart water bottles are required. Wide mouth bottles are ideal since their opening is
less likely to freeze.
2 - 3 GARBAGE BAGS (Large): We recommend lining your backpack with garbage bags to keep items in your
backpack completely dry.
Two way radios.
HAND SANITIZER: Personal size.
2 ROLLS TOILET PAPER
PEE BOTTLE: 1 to 1 1/2 quart size
ASPRIN / IBUPROFEN / TYLENOL
PEPTO-BISMOL (STOMACH RELIEF)
SMALL ROLL OF ADHESIVE TAPE
ANTIBIOTICS: Broad spectrum antibiotics for Traveler's Diarrhea.
TYLENOL #3: Tylenol 3 for pain
ACETAZOLAMIDE: For Altitiude Illness
1 pocket knife
Pre-Trip check list
Purchase travel insurance.
Return the Participant Information Form to the RMI Office.
Arrange Lodging in Talkeetna.
Purchase airplane tickets.
Reserve rental equipment.
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