May 6 Team – optimistic at 14,200′

Robert called in from 14,200′ today, reporting that the team spent the day watching the wind blow above camp, hoping for a break in the inclement weather that has been buffeting the upper mountain.  The team hiked over to spectacular vista known as “The Edge of the World.”

This is a spot at the very edge of the 14,200′ basin, where climbers can climb up onto a granite outcropping and peer thousands of feet down into the Northeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier.  This narrow valley is also known as the Valley of Death, for the hanging hazards that threaten the valley bottom.  The feeling, as one pokes one’s head over the edge, lives up to the site’s nickname!


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