Fort Worth firefighters 'feeling good' on day 5 of Denali climb



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Posted on July 2, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 8:12 PM

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska -- Six Fort Worth firefighters trying to reach North America's tallest peak at Mount McKinley are "feeling good," but also encountering a grueling snow storm as they ascend.

The group arrived in Alaska late last week and started their trek up the 20,000-foot mountain over the weekend.

Firefighter Matt Magoffin checked in with News 8 via a satellite phone late Tuesday evening.

"We're at Camp 2 riding out a storm, with some heavy snow," he said.

The group was planning to ascend to Camp 3, at 14,000 feet, sometime on Wednesday.

The trek up Denali, as it is referred to by natives and climbers, is a dangerous one. Magoffin said despite the treacherous conditions, they were determined to keep going.

"Everybody is doing well, feeling good, and everybody is in great spirits," he said. "We're looking forward to getting to the summit."

The group has been preparing for some six months, which News 8 documented along the way.

They are climbing on behalf of the Sons of the Flag charity, which supports burn victims. For more info on helping donate to the cause, click here.