June 17 West Buttress Team Makes the Move to 14,200′

Guide Chris Cullaz called in an update on the June 17 Team, who pushed up camp despite the wind and the last lingering low visibility of the last storm cycle. They made the move from 11,200′ Camp Two to 14,200′ Camp Three in good time, despite the poor conditions. It sounds like the team is planning on a rest day after the tough effort. At Camp Two, teams trade in their snowshoes and poles for crampons and ice axes, continuing up the route as it becomes more steep and exposed. They contended with overhead hazard and large crevasses to make the move up to Camp Three. They will plan to stay at least three nights here to maximize their acclimatization before moving higher on the route.

Here’s Chris!


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