June 17 West Buttress Team to Descend to Base Camp

Mountain Trip lead guide Dodge Garfield called in an update on the June 17 West Buttress Team, once again from camp at 14,200′. They have had a long stay at Camp Three, and have only four days left in their expedition. The upcoming weather does not look promising for making a summit attempt within their expedition window. There’s a couple of feet of snow forecasted to fall over the range in this upcoming storm cycle. They plan to go grab their cache from the 16-Ridge and unfortunately, probably descend the route. They are looking into options to potentially stay on the mountain, but unfortunately with the upcoming weather, this is a challenging task.

Here’s Dodge:


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