May 21 Team – Greetings from Camp 1

The May 21 Team has completed their move from Basecamp 7,200 ft (m) to Camp 1 7,800 ft (m)! Departing base camp, we’ll drop down the infamous Heartbreak Hill and onto the broad Kahiltna Glacier. Our goal will be to move camp to about 600 ft (m) up the route, near the junction with the NE Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier over the course of 4.5 to 6 hours.

This is a moderately tough day of about 5 miles and is a good warm-up for the upcoming days. Throughout the expedition, we will typically follow the “climb high, sleep low” technique for better acclimatization; however, the altitude difference between Base Camp and Camp 1 is minimal enough to permit us to generally “single-carry” this stretch. On these late May expeditions, teams may opt to climb early in the morning to avoid excessive heat and soft snow conditions on the lower glacier.

On the return to camp the team ate well from the cook tent and debriefed the day. From what we know this team is happy, healthy, and excited for more action. You can listen in to climber Jedd’s dispatch by tapping the link below & we’ll be back with an update tomorrow!


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