May 21 West Buttress Team – Glacier travel skills at Base Camp

Climber Gearoid O’Murchu called in an update on the May 21 Denali West Buttress team, who plans to depart Base Camp for Camp One today (5/24). Gearoid, an Irishman, reported that he was very happy to have had a hearty breakfast featuring potatoes that morning.

The team plans to make the move up the glacier to Camp One at 7,800′, with a heavy single carry of all of their gear and supplies needed for 21 days on the route. They will continue the climb in “expedition style” from that point forward, bringing portions of gear and supplies that they wont need until later on in the climb and burying caches along the route, which they will retrieve later on, to help lighten their loads.

Here’s Gearoid!

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