The June 16 Denali West Buttress Team arrived at Camp 1 (7,800′) last night. The team hit the ground “running” (actually walking quite slow, due to heavy loads!) after flying into basecamp in beautiful weather. All Mountain Trip teams are now traveling on the lower glacier in the “Midnight Sun” at night due to high temperatures on the glacier during the day.
The team will rest until tonight when they plan to make their first cache of gear to be used on the upper mountain at around 10,200′ and then return to spend another night at Camp 1. These cache days are an essential part of the acclimatization schedule for climbing Denali. “Climb high, sleep low” and we like to say!
Here’s Lead Guide, Elias: