Lead Guide Josh Garner called in from 14,200′ on the West Buttress route of Denali. The team has been managing the extreme cold that has made progress slow for all teams on the mountain over the past week. Josh reports that it was close to -40F overnight, which aligns pretty closely with what our other teams reported.
It sounds like the team has accepted that they can’t go anywhere anytime soon, so they are enjoying their vacation of snow camping! It is important to accept the things that you just cannot control and let go, when the mountain won’t let you move. They have plenty of food, fuel and good company, as there are three other Mountain Trip teams camped alongside them.