Climber Roi Negri called in an update on the May 30 West Buttress Team, who spent the day heading up from Camp Two at 11,200′ to cache around the infamous Windy Corner. At Camp Three, the approach to the climb ends, and the real climbing begins: The team will leave behind snowshoes and poles at this camp, and head up with crampons, helmets and ice axes. From Camp Two, the day begins with the very steep Motorcycle and Squirrel Hills, across a wide high alpine basin known as the Polo Field, to Windy Corner, where the route heads around a heavily crevassed and notoriously windy buttress. Here, they dug a cache hole for supplies to lighten their load for their move up to Camp Three at 14,200′. The team hopes to move camp up the route tomorrow if weather allows.
Unfortunately the update doesn’t come through all that well, but for friends and family at home that may want to hear a familiar voice, have a listen.