May 22 West Buttress Team at High Camp!

Great climbing, great weather, great spirits for the May 22 Denali West Buttress Team!

Climber Tim Spencer called in to update those following along at home that the team has reached High Camp at 17,200′, their final stop before the summit at 20,320′.

Although their legs are tired from the ascent, they seem eager to make the push for the highest point in North America. They will be heading to the summit as soon as they can, and we will keep you at home updated on their progress as we hear more.

Here’s an aerial view of what summit day will look like for the team. Trust us–it’s more difficult than it looks:

Best of luck to the team in their final push!

Here’s Tim with the exciting update:

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  1. Such exciting news.!!! And I may even research mermaids.😬 So much love and thankfulness from this mama and grandma Wheeler. AWESOME!!

  2. Woo-Hoo! High Camp! You sound great, Tim! Thanks for the shout-out! Mermaids have hair! They are mammals! Praying for all of you on that beautiful mountain! Be safe!
    Love, Mom & Dad

  3. So incredibly exciting!
    Living vicariously… Why do I feel like I’m about to summit too?!
    Mermaids are obviously wonder women, like Anna, and therefore wonder mammals!!

    With love and prayers,
    Mike & Wendy

  4. Grandmother heard your report, Tim, and immediately weighed in: “Mermaids are FAKE, just like fake news!”

  5. Congratulations Wheeler family. How exciting! Wishing you success all the way to the top!!!

  6. Mermaids can’t be mammals, as the bottom part where the reproductive organs would be is clearly egg-laying (fish)

    Good luck!

  7. So excited for all of you. Good Work on the “wall”. It’s looking like the weather will hold, and since you are a strong team, I can see a summit in your near future.

  8. Congrats Tim and team May 22!

    Also @Cesar, just because animals lay eggs doesn’t mean they’re not mammals. The platypus and the echidna are both mammals that lay eggs. So mermaids technically should be mammals because they have hair, mammary glands (presumably), and probably don’t give birth to that many young.

    Safe trip!

  9. I stand corrected. Though sirens may be egg-laying, it does seem like those protuberances covered by sea shells on their chest would be considered to be mammary glands, thus making them mammals.

    However, Denice, I object to the hair component as some other species (thinking of tarantulas) would have hair too.

    Ah also see you soon Tim!

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