May 3 Team Carries to 13,200′

Lead guide Jacob Schmitz called in the team report today. The team moved a load of equipment and supplies to a cache site at 13,200′. Jacob reports the team is doing well, and the plan is to move to 14 Camp tomorrow.

 

And we also have a special message from the team:

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May 6 Denali Team Carries to 10,000′

Mountain Trip Guide Jed Porter called in with an update from Camp 1, located at 7800′ (2377m) on the broad Kahiltna Glacier.  Today, the team packed up roughly half of their supplies and carried it all up to an elevation of about 10,000′ (3109m), where they dug a big hole in the snow and buried…

May 3 Team Storm Day At Camp 2

The May 3rd Team checks in from Camp 2, where they stayed put today, due to weather.   This camp is nestled deep in a stunning bowl, with tall ice cliffs to the south, and steep snow and ice ringing the east and northern aspects of camp. A challenge with satellite phones at such far…

May 6 Team Moves To Camp 1

Goulven Couzon lest a message in French that (I believe, and please correct me if I’m wrong in the comments) John Molloy then translated for us (j’ai oubliez mon français…).  The team has moved up the Kahiltna Glacier approximately five miles (8km) and established camp at the junction of the Kahiltna and the Northeast Fork…

May 3 Denali Team Backcarry and a storm

The May 3rd team went back down to where they’d cached their extra food, fuel, and equipment and brought it all back up to Camp 2 (11,000 ft) today. It was a pretty stormy day Jacob (lead guide with 20 Denali Expeditions) said it was one of the top 2 stormy windy days he’s had…

May 3 Denali Team Moves To Camp 2

Fred de Jong called in on behalf of our May 3rd team.  After a day of heavy snow yesterday, the team awoke to beautiful weather today and took advantage of clear skies to move their camp up to 11,200′ (3414m).  They are now camped in a beautiful basin with views of the West Buttress looming…

May 6th Denali Team Flies to Basecamp!

After a little delay, the team has made it into basecamp!  The trip starts with a 45 minute flight in a ski plane into the middle of the Alaska Range, so as you might imagine, the weather can sometimes be a problem.  Their patience paid off and they are settled in to basecamp tonight on…