May 31 Team Carry and cached at 10,200′

Albert C. called in a nice post from Team Fubar’s Camp 1 at 7,800 feet on the broad Kahiltna Glacier.  Today, the team carried supplies higher on the mountain, dug a deep pit in the snow, and buried those supplies.  This is called “making a cache or caching” in expedition parlance.

The hike to the cache spot took several hours and climbed up roughly 2,400′ of elevation, much of which was gained immediately out of Camp 1, by climbing Ski Hill to about 9,500′.


Looking up Ski Hill from the 7,800′ area on the Kahiltna Glacier.

From 9,500′ to the cache site, the glacier is pretty mellow, with moderate hills to climb.  This is not to say it was easy going, because the team had to battle through a foot of new snow, on top of additional snow that fell in previous days.  It was a hard earned day.

Here’s Albert!



Caching at 10,200 feet on the Kahiltna Glacier. The West Buttress proper is the rocky feature in the background.

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  1. Hi guys well done on today’s progress. A foot of snow sounds like a winter wonderland. I wouldn’t be rushing back to that “cash and carry” lads if they don’t stock any wine!! Missed the musical ensemble for Alex’s birthday cos your message was cut short. Look forward to that treat tomorrow!!. All well here.


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