Fred Simmons called in from 11,200′ to thank everyone who is sending well wishes, good energy and prayers to Kurt Wedberg’s Sierra Mountaineering International blog. Kurt is a longtime friend of ours and a well-respected big mountain guide, with whom we are happy to be working with on this expedition. Mountain Trip has a long history of working with qualified guides who would like to gain access to leading teams of their climbers on Denali. Under the current concession system in Denali National Park and Preserve, only a handful of companies are permitted to lead teams up the mountain. We have worked with numerous guides over the years to help them gain access within the constraints of the current system, and Kurt is a great example of such collaboration.
The team is doing well, and they are “hitting their stride,” so to speak, after learning some of the essential glacier camping and climbing skills that are required to climb a behemoth like Denali.
With no further ado, here is Fred!