May 8 West Buttress Team – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!

The guides from the Mountain Trip called in with warm wishes to their mothers and to all Moms out there on this Mother’s Day.

The team carried loads up Ski Hill to an elevation of about 9600′ today.  Ski Hill is the first big climb of the route, and the team broke trail through fresh snow for part of the way.  The weather has been a bit tough, but they are doing great and it felt good to gain some altitude. After dropping their loads into a hole dug in the snow, they returned to Camp 1 for the night.

 

This process of carrying high and sleeping low is called “double carrying.”  It helps the team move the vast amount of food, fuel and supplies they need for a 3-week climb and also aids in acclimatizing, because their bodies get a taste of a new elevation before they commit to the new height by sleeping at it.

Here are the guides with warm Mother’s Day wishes:

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