Climber Sean Karls called in an update on the June 6 West Buttress team! The climbers spent the day bringing a cache up to “Windy Corner” a notoriously crevassed–and you guessed it, windy–section of the route. It sounds like yesterday that the team had pleasant weather and did not have to deal with that wind. This cache day can be quite challenging, as the team ascends steep Motorcycle and Squirrel Hill directly out of Camp Two, making their way through a high alpine basin called the Polo Field, and then donning their helmets and watching out for rockfall around Windy Corner.
This cache will put them in position to move camp up to 14,200′, a milestone for climbers on the route! They will spend three days at “14-Camp,” also known as Camp Three, acclimatizing, backcarrying to retrieve their cache, and practicing skills for the demands of the upper mountain. The team is moving right along and making great progress up the route!