Our Lead Guide Sebastian Grau sent us some more pictures from yesterday afternoon, when the winds at 14,200′ camp abated somewhat, allowing the team to spend some time reviewing skills that they will need to use on the upper mountain. They also took advantage of not having ice blown into their eyes to reinforce the walls protecting their camp.
In the images below, you can see the difference between a gust of wind and a light wind!
The team hiked out of camp a bit to review how to use ascenders (fancy rope clamps) to secure themselves to lines fixed in the snow. They will use this technique to protect the steep headwall section of route, immediately above the 14,200′ camp.