A Mountain Trip climber on the May 13 Denali West Buttress team, who unfortunately doesn’t identify himself (if listeners can, please do so in the comments) called in an update once again from 14,200′-Camp. The team got an appreciated late start to the day complete with a fresh-cooked hot breakfast.
The spent yesterday doing an active rest day, training with their “sharps” (crampons, ice axes, etc.) using their ascenders on a fixed line and climbing deliberately in steep terrain. At this point in the expedition, the team will trade out their sleds, snowshoes and poles for crampons and ice axes. These items will stay in a cache until their descent of the route as they pass through 14-Camp.
Here’s the update!