The past 15 hours have been very tough for the May 8th team. They have been on the mountain for 17 days, and last night they received a pretty unfavorable sounding weather report at the evening weather broadcast. As we do with most Denali expeditions, we packed 22 days of food for this team. It will take them at least a day to make it back to Base Camp, and they are a minimum of three days from making a round trip to the summit and back, meaning that they are approaching the date when they have to either go up or down.
In light of the poor weather forecast, a number of the team members elected to descend to Base Camp, including Deeno, AM, Hanis and Simon. They are all healthy, but a combination of factors has developed to cause this decision.
They are in the company of our guides Ted and Zac, along with lead guide Ben Akison from a small private group that had been roughly parallel the May 8 team. They have added two UAE climbers to their ranks from the 11,200′ camp, and are all currently camped at 7,800′.
Let’s hope for good weather so that the remainder of the team can make a bid for the summit! Think warm thoughts!!!