June 11 Team Caches on Ridge at 16,400′

Today the crew made a big push up the steepest part of the West Buttress route, carrying loads of equipment and supplies to a cache site 16,400′. They started out early, climbing moderate snow slopes for approximately 1,400′ above 14 Camp. At roughly 15,600′, they reached the Headwall, a steep ice and snow slope that hits 45 degrees and climbs up another 600′ to the crest of a spectacular ridge.

Today’s climb took them up a series of “fixed lines,” ropes affixed to anchors buried in the snow at semi-regular intervals. The climbers clipped themselves into the fixed lines with “ascenders,” mechanical rope clamps. The ascenders are attached to each climbers’ harness, which adds protection against a slip when climbing such steep terrain.

After caching their supplies, the team dropped back down the fixed lines to 14 Camp.


Here’s Kristin with today’s report:

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  1. Terry Rickard

    The weather looks beautiful in the picture. Go for the ascent!


    Very nice Kristin! Thank you for news from this adventure!

    Hi Luiz, Miguel tem tido uma rotina diária de estudos e hoje perguntou quando voltas. Ninão late e faz xixi
    onde bem entende ao redor da casa…normal. Totó está com uma feridinha na perna mas que está diminuido. Estamos observando e se precisar vai no vet. Estamos todos bem. Um beijo Simone.

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