Scott Talmage called in after the team carried a load of supplies to about 15,600′, and cached them at the base of the fixed lies that lead up the steepest part of the route, a section called the Headwall. The weather was not cooperative today, so they dropped their loads and did a quick practice climb up part of the fixed lines.
These are ropes that are affixed into the steep ice of the Headwall at semi-regular intervals. Climbers, tethered to mechanical ascenders (a type of rope clamp), clip themselves into these ropes to guard against a slip as they ascend the steep terrain. Such fixed lines are not found on many peaks, and we like to help climbers practice how to pass the numerous anchors and how to move efficiently up the lines, before we commit to going up to High Camp.
Scott called out a special message to a good friend, who had planned on joining the team for months. Unfortunately, an injury prevented him from being able to ultimately climb up Denali with his amigos. Loco, you have a lot of friends wishing you well and thinking of you from parts north of Chile!