The five of us climbers and three guides all met at Alaska Mountaineering School’s office in beautiful Talkeetna Alaska. Not surprisingly everyone that wants to spend 20 days climbing a snow topped mountain is an A-type personality. We all got along great! The first thing we did was sit in a circle and tell everyone a little bit about ourselves. Everyone was very accomplished from summiting Denali before, to striving for the seven summits. I was the only person that hadn’t climbed a mountain before. We went over what's expected of us, and the rules while on the trip. We did a gear check, lunch, and then traveled the three-minute drive to the airport. We loaded the gear onto the plane, took some pictures and minutes later took off flying to the mountains. It's daunting flying into the mountain range seeing hundreds of snow-topped peaks. Our plane equipped with skis touched down on the Kahiltna glacier at base camp. After removing all the gear from the plane, we set up camp, cooked supper and went to bed.