Eric called from the beautiful basin camp at 11,200′. They had a leisurely day yesterday and did a backcarry, meaning that they dropped back down to the cache that they left two days ago at about 10,300′.
This involved dropping down out of camp for about a 20 minute hike and digging up the food and supplies that they buried in the snow. Things need to be well buried up there because there are many ravens that spend their summer feasting on food that is not sufficiently deep. They packed up their loads and hit the trail back to camp, which took about an hour, so all in all, they had a pretty mellow day.[audio:http://mountaintripdenali2011.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/audio-post-2011-05-19-01-45-37.mp3|titles=Audio Post]