Windy day

Mountain Trip guide, Zach Johnson calls in the podcast today.

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Call after summit, at Camp 4

Listen to Scott Woolums as he gives us the update!

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Safely Back at Camp

Scott called from Camp 4 a few hours ago to report that everyone is safe and sound and thrilled with their summit day. It sounds like a perfect day for the ascent, and although they had a bit of snow on the descent; they had amazing views from the top of the world!

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Backcarry

Pi signaled that all is well yesterday, and the team took a half rest day in order to travel down the glacier to pick up the remainder of their gear and bring it all back to camp at 11,000′.  Half rest days involve a few hours of work and then a lot of drinking water…

Move to 11,000′

Zach Johnson has arrived at 11,000′ with the entire expedition in his wake.   Temperatures were reported to be tolerable despite a stout headwind, and now after probing their campsite to prove the absence of crevasses they are tucked in behind snow walls as the wind is forecasted to pick up even more today.  Climbers start…

Rest day at 14,200′

WIND!  The team tells me that the Park Service tents stationed at 14 camp were recording gusts of wind clocked at 50mph yesterday, so lead guide Mike Burmeister compensated for the bad weather by cooking a few hot meals and telling a few jokes.  The team continues to be strong after carrying a load of…

Rest day at 14,200′

WIND!  The team tells me that the Park Service tents stationed at 14 camp were recording gusts of wind clocked at 50mph yesterday, so lead guide Mike Burmeister compensated for the bad weather by cooking a few hot meals and telling a few jokes.  The team continues to be strong after carrying a load of…

Rest day at 11,000′

Eric Larson’s team is resting at 11,000′ on the West Buttress route.  Eric’s strategy is to acclimatize the team on the more traditional West Buttress route before descending to the start of the West Rib.  This allows teams to travel efficiently on the lower West Rib without having to wait to acclimatize properly, which adds…

Rest day at 11,000′

Eric Larson’s team is resting at 11,000′ on the West Buttress route.  Eric’s strategy is to acclimatize the team on the more traditional West Buttress route before descending to the start of the West Rib.  This allows teams to travel efficiently on the lower West Rib without having to wait to acclimatize properly, which adds…