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…

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Update

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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Summitted! Descending to 14k

Zach finally called in today to report a successful summit!  The team slept in this morning to regain their strength, and are now almost in 14 camp.  Zach will call soon to give me an update as to his plans for descending to basecamp.

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West Rib Signing Out

This years West Rib/Riblet trip was thoroughly enjoyable, we had great weather, great, conditions, and a great group. We were lucky enough to enjoy splendid views on the upper mountain from a perch at 16,300 almost entirely to our self. Our summit day was technical in nature, long in elevation, and highly satisfying. Our decent…

Rumors of a Summit!?!?!

Well, this is a bit embarrassing… We received a garbled post from someone who sounded a lot like Zach Johnson, but were unable to understand any of it.  We have “heard it through the grapevine” that the team reached the summit yesterday.  One of our other teams is at high camp and we have asked…

Traverse Team- Backcarry Day

The crew had a nice and restful day- they had a mellow morning, sleeping in and enjoying a quick round trip from 14 camp  to pick up some gear cached at 13,500′. This involved dropping down out of camp for about 30 minutes, digging up their cache that they left on the uphill side of…

Move to high camp!

The entire team made it to high camp today, and they are happily tucked into their tents with hand warmers and hot water bottles.  They earned their rest tonight- the move from 14 to 17.2 camp is a hard one, but everyone performed marvelously. They first climbed up about 1,400′ of snow slopes to reach…