• The nine members of the climbing team pose with the peak of Mount McKinley looming in the background in this file photo taken May 22. The Alaska Post will feature more as the team descends the mountain, also known as Denali, and returns to Fort Wainwright.

    Heading for the summit

    The nine members of the climbing team pose with the peak of Mount McKinley looming in the background in this file photo taken May 22. The Alaska Post will feature more as the team descends the mountain, also known as Denali, and returns to Fort...

  • The team stands on the summit of Mt. McKinley

    On the summit

    The team stands on the summit of Mt. McKinley

"They made it," read the post on the Northern Warfare Training Center's social media site, Saturday around 8 p.m. It was a very brief conversation based on the elevation and long movement.

"The team is tired and fatigued and will now begin their movement back, a comment from Maj. William Prayner, the NWTC commander continued, "…very proud of a monumental physical and mental effort - but still some significant work to do working back down the mountain safely."

That statement was a bit prescient, perhaps. Three days later, weather interrupted plans for the extraction team's flight Tuesday.

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