May 14 Team – Back Carried from 10,000′

Lead Guide Sebastian “Seba” Grau called in from the beautiful basin camp at 11,200′.  The team slept in a bit this morning, before dropping down to retrieve the cache of supplies that they had buried a couple of days earlier.  after digging their cache from the snow, they loaded it all up and hiked back to camp.  All in all, it was a pretty mellow day, except for the weather, which has been dumping snow on them.

After completing their back carry, they donned crampons for some practice with the techniques that they will need to employ in the coming days.

West-Buttress-Route-Map1The route above 11,200′ steepens, and crampons help climbers ascend icy, steep slopes.  Using them efficiently requires some technique and our guides wanted to make certain that all the team members were comfortable with crampon and ice axe use.  This team is doing great, and by all accounts, they are ready for the upper mountain!

Here’s Seba:

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  1. Glad to hear you and your team is doing well Jim. All is well in Mill Spring. Be strong, be safe and we will see you soon! FYI The pool is up to 76. Should be around 80 when you return. 🙂

  2. Keep up the great work bro and all of the Denali team! Family from WI sending love and proud vibes. Cannot wait to hear all about it Jim <3

  3. Glad to hear you will move forward. Dad is keeping close track of you Wendy. Had a map today on the update. Very cool to see the track. Everyone is interest in your progress. Stay safe and strong. SO PROUD !!!! Xoxo

  4. Glad to hear everything continues to go well. . Praying for better weather conditions as you keep moving forward. Just curious if you planked during your extended time in your tent?:) Back to work on Monday so I’ll make sure the Debbie “minion” is moving up the mountain as well. Take care.

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