Eli Potter called in from Apex Camp on the West Rib of Denali. The team had a big, hard day of climbing to reach this small perch at roughly 12,900′. They had to negotiate a very challenging bergschrund, which is a large, crack or crevasse that forms where the glacier of a valley pulls away from the steeper side of a mountain. These formations can be the crux of some routes, and it sounds like the one they had to deal with was a tough one.
The West Rib is a challenging, committing and difficult route, and the team is doing great. Each day is hard and technical. The team is on such a small perch tonight, that they had to chop it from the snow slope using their ice axes and shovel. The photos should be pretty awesome!