Rest day

Chris Kerrick called from 14 camp, reporting a restful day of hanging out.  The weather was beginning to sock in, but he reported that temperatures were relatively warm and everything was going great in camp.  Rest days involve some light exercise to aid acclimatization, and 14 camp is generally accepted to be free of crevasses;…


An update

Another call from Jacob at 8:50pm brought in some more information. The team was at the bottom of Pig Hill,  about 500′ below the summit.  They are slowly and surely making their way down to high camp; the rope teams were traveling at different paces and the advance team waited for the teams moving behind…


Meet Our May 31st Team

Our May 31st West Buttress team is largely the genesis of the climbing club of the Wharton School of Business.  We organized a custom date for a group of climbers so that they could join an expedition that best fit their time constraints.  Seven of the climbers on this team are graduates of Wharton and…



Lead guide Jacob Schmitz called from the summit minutes ago!! It sounds like everyone made it to the top and they did it in good time as well.  It is pretty cloudy, and there is a light breeze, so they are going to head back down to high camp in a few minutes.  We’ll probably…


Going for the summit

Jacob has patiently waited for his team’s chance to attempt the summit, and has now judged the conditions worthy of an effort.  The weather is partly cloudy but with very little wind.  Every summit day is attempted with a ‘let’s just go have a look’ attitude, as conditions can rapidly change as the day goes…


Carried to 16.4 today

Chris called in high spirits from 14k.  The team carried loads up to 16,400′, traveling up the fixed lines and moving up along the ridge.  Chris wanted to carry higher, but he reported that carrying sleds on the backpack when the winds were blowing hard made for a lot of work.  Most expeditions cache their…



Zach checked in from 14k, they are resting and preparing to move down lower towards basecamp.   They plan to leave 14k at 4 am, which should put them in basecamp (all things lining up) mid-afternoon.

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