May 12 Team – Cached at 16,600′

Lead guide Karen Bockel called in to report on the team’s carry up to the base of a prominent rock formation called Washburn’s Thumb.  The team did well today and put their cache in higher than most teams do on the ridge up to high camp.

Here’s Karen:

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West Rib Team – at Camp 1

Jay called in to report that the team made the push up the Kahiltna Glacier to about 7800′, the site of their Camp 1.  The weather was really good today, and they will get an early start tomorrow, so as to beat some of the heat on the lower glacier.

Here’s Jay:

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West Rib Team – at Base Camp

Lead guide Eli Potter called in from Denali Base Camp on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier.  He, Jay and Klara all flew in on a beautiful, sunny day and were treated to a great view of their intended route, the West Rib of Denali.

Here’s Eli:

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Five on the Summit Now!

We just received a call from the summit, we have 5 on top right now! 7.25am, Yahoo! Conditions seem perfect, with very light winds and not too many other climbers. The ascent started out very windy, but conditions have improved through the night. We have Manoj Vora, DaWang Chu Sherpa, Serki Sherpa, Pasang Gombu Sherpa…

MAY 20 WEST RIB—MEET THE TEAM

Yesterday a team of climbers from around the globe met in Anchorage to begin an epic journey. The climbers have spend many months training, collecting the appropriate gear, and dreaming about their upcoming adventure. It was a busy day in Anchorage, starting with a team meeting and equipment check at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel. The…