June 23rd As I sit drinking a cup of coffee and enjoying these sunshine on this, the longest day of the year, I think back on the trip and the friendships made. It is amazing to think that a group of strangers can meet, gel, and climb the highest mountain on the continent and then…Details
Steve Martin called in to give an update of the team’s work for the day. They made a carry of gear up to the base of the steepest section of the West Buttress route today. The “Headwall,” as it is known, is a 600′ stretch of icy slope that has fixed lines of rope attached…Details
Cason called in a very nice, detailed update from their new camp at 11,200′. The team climbed up into a very beautiful basin, which looks out to the west and is bordered to the east and south by steep slopes of snow, interspersed with massive ice cliffs. The norther side of camp is a ridge…Details
The birthday girl and recipient of lots of very warm birthday wishes called in from 11,200′ camp. This camp has high walls of snow and ice to the south, which make communicating with the satellites circling the equator quite tough… Nevertheless, it’s really nice to hear even a brief message from Kat.
Aaron called in, but the satellite phone lost the connection before he could finish his message. The team is doing really well and is camped in the basin at 11,200′. They plan to move up to the big camp in “Genet Basin” at about 14,200′ (4328m) tomorrow. The climb up from their current position ascends…
The team carried a load up around Windy Corner to about 13,500 ft today. They put in a cache of food and fuel in preparation for moving up to Camp 3. It was a beautiful day up on the mountain and they are having a great time and working hard.
The June 3rd team is back to civilization tonight. They traveled through the night and reached base camp early this morning. After a beautiful flight back from base camp to Talkeetna, they drove back to Anchorage and are planning a nice dinner at the Glacier Brewhouse tonight. Congratulations to the entire team and welcome back!…
Drew Ludwig called in yesterday- the entire team made it to camp 3 yesterday, which is located at 14,200′. Everyone is doing well and enjoying the spectacular views.