Clint Brewer called in a post that was, as expected, full of energy and good spirits, as befits the Mr. Hugo team! The guys spent another day in really foul weather, with snow and high winds buffeting their tents. We heard from guides at High Camp that last night was not all that restful, due to the need to get up and rebuild the thick snow walls that were being constantly disassembled by the high winds.
At High Camp, the team stacked large blocks of snow so as to construct double or even triple thick walls around all their tents. Each block weighs 10 – 30 lbs, and a single thickness, ten foot wall might have up to 50+ blocks. These are rather substantial structures! When the wind is blowing hard enough to require middle-of-the-night attention, you know it is honking up there! The forecast has called for 40 mph winds, which the guides stated sounded pretty conservative, based on what they were actually experiencing! If the low temperature last night was the forecasted 5 F, and the winds 40 mph, the windchill outside the tents would have been in excess of -20 F. Brrrrr…..
The plan for tomorrow will be to hope that the forecast for winds is wrong, which they often are. The team will continue to watch for any change in the weather pattern and will eat, hydrate and keep cajoling each other to keep their spirits and motivation levels high. It is something like a different planet up at High Camp after four or five days of tough weather, and we need to keep sending the team or good thoughts and best wishes, as the days tick past.
Hang in there guys and thanks for the fun post Clint. We hope your bollocks come through in fine order!