Our May 10 Team updated us from “life inside the ping pong ball” aka their second weather day in full whiteout conditions at Camp 1 7,800 ft (2378 m). The team stayed active by digging holes with snow shovels and filling them back in. This is actually a really good weather day activity to get you outside the tent and to practice the skill for when the team will need to dig more holes for cache-ing supplies higher up on the route!
Cache holes need to be at least 3 ft (1 m) deep. When you don’t take the time to properly dig these out and cover them it’s a very public spectacle as ravens will be seen unburying shallow caches for food! Best to keep your shovel arms in shape.
Luckily, this team is smarter than the ravens & they have plenty of delicious menu items on hand to fuel up on days like these! Spirits remain high and as our guide, Boas says: “Denali is a gorgeous place to be even when you can’t see it”. The team hopes for some clear weather to advance to Camp 2 11,000 (3353 m) tomorrow & is sending well wishes to the outside world!