Lead guide Jacob Schmitz called in a message from High Camp, which was unfortunately cut short, when the signal was dropped. Today was the team’s fourth day at High Camp, and they are just waiting for the wind to diminish so the team can better assess the steep slopes above them for avalanche hazard, and then, hopefully, make a shot for the summit.
High Camp is a tough place to live, as the altitude makes it hard to eat sufficient calories to not embark on what we (only half jokingly) refer to as “The High Altitude Weight Loss Program.” Minor tasks leave you winded, and bending over to tie your bootlaces can leave you panting and dizzy. That being said, it is also a remarkable place, with stunning views when the clouds part. The team has plenty of time, food and fuel, so they just need to remain motivated, which shouldn’t be too tough for this crew.
Here is Jacob!