Lead guide Jacob Schmitz called in from the team’s new home- High Camp! They worked hard yesterday to push up to 17,200′ and everyone is tucked into their warm sleeping bags for the evening. It sounded like to day was a pretty nice day to travel and the team took advantage of the break in the otherwise often challenging weather of this climbing season to get to work and move up.
The plan now is to sort of , “Hurry up and wait.” They will awaken each morning as if it were a summit day and begin their preparations for heading to the top. This involves eating, hydrating and making certain they have all the necessary kit for the day. All the while, they will monitor the weather to see if it looks like “a go!” The forecast is not perfect, but we have learned over the decades that those forecasts are often quite wrong, so the team will look at the conditions above their camp and make a decision.
Here is Jacob!