The team gave the summit a really good attempt, but it wasn’t in the cards. They headed to the top two days ago, but it was slow going and they had some issues with one climber having trouble with a crampon falling off. They topped out at approximately 18,200′ and had a pow wow, in which the guides expressed their opinion that given the conditions of the day, they were moving a bit too slowly to safely make it up and back.
JUNE 17 TEAM DESCENDING
They decided to drop back to High Camp to reassess their options. On the descent back down, the group moved really slowly, and it sounds like some of the climbers had difficulty descending the steep terrain and there were some slips that were all caught and not too big a deal unto themselves, but the overall pace and the slips made the guides pretty uncomfortable about heading back up.
They spent some time at High Camp watching the weather, evaluating their options, and sorting out what the next step of their team plan would be. Ultimately the team made the difficult decision to descend, and they are currently making their way back to Base Camp. Good job, team.