Mountain Trip guide Nick Nason called in an update for the May 21 West Buttress team at Camp One.
While the move from Base Camp at 7,200′ to Camp One at 7,800′ doesn’t have as much vertical rise as the move between other camps higher on the mountain, the route winds through a vast, heavily crevassed basin for several miles, through gradually rolling terrain. The team’s packs were the heaviest they will ever be throughout the expedition (and perhaps the heaviest packs they have ever carried!) with all of their supplies for 22 days on the glacier loaded onto their backs and into their sleds. Nick noted that the route this year is relatively direct and has been packed down by other climbers passing through, which made for easier travel.