The May 21 Team is very excited to report that they have successfully made the move from Camp 2 11,000 ft (3413 m) to Camp 3 14,200 ft (4328 m)! They should be proud as this is usually a long, hard day up and around sections of steep, technical terrain. All the while loads are getting lighter but, the air is getting thinner requiring the climber’s bodies to work harder with less oxygen.
From what we heard from the dispatch there was a lot of snow during the night so the team had to break trail on sections of the climb making it just a bit more difficult than usual. In total the team ascended 3,200 ft (975 m) of elevation gain over the course of 2.5 miles (4 km) in about 5-7 hours. Wow!
Upon arrival, the guides and climbers’ work is not done quite yet! The whole team will need to pitch in to build camp as they need to fortify their tents due to the possibility of severe winds at this elevation. Then they will need to dig in the cook tent and latrine for the next few days. Finally, they will get to relax with a hot dinner while listening to the National Park Service climbing ranger evening update on the radio and maybe even hear some climber trivia before bed.
We wish them an enjoyable and well-earned rest day tomorrow!