May 21 West Buttress Team – Backcarried to 13,400′

Mountain Trip lead guide Karl Welter called in an update on the May 21 Heah West Buttress team from Camp Three at 14,200′, who retrieved their cache up above Windy Corner. They now have all of their gear back at Camp Three, and were working diligently to carefully divide out snacks and gear for their next cache up high. The team has been making great progress up the route and has so far, gotten very lucky with the weather.

Today the team hopes to bring a cache up above the fixed lines, above 16,000′ to set them up for their move up to High Camp at 17,200′, and eventually, the summit. The weather forecast has been a bit sporadic, and the team is a bit unsure of whether they should expect. After caching, they will keep a close eye on weather and conditions to move up to High Camp at 17,200′ on the route, to put them in position for their summit bid!

The view back down to 14-Camp from the cache above the fixed lines.


Here’s Karl!


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