Aaron gives us the run-down of their skill building day. All are well and Happy Birthday to lead guide, Dave Ahrens!!![audio:http://mountaintripdenali2011.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/audio-post-2011-05-20-03-00-35.mp3|titles=Audio Post]
Bill called in a few hours ago to give us an update on the weather and their plans for the next summit attempt! The winds are dying down and they can see the stars…it looks like a beautiful day for the next push up high.
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Eric called from the beautiful basin camp at 11,200′. They had a leisurely day yesterday and did a backcarry, meaning that they dropped back down to the cache that they left two days ago at about 10,300′. This involved dropping down out of camp for about a 20 minute hike and digging up the food…
Lead Guide Scott Woolums called a few minutes ago to tell us that they have aborted this summit attempt. The winds were too strong, and on the increase. There are about 30 people high on Everest, near and above a feature called the “balcony”. All members of our team are safe and sound, back at…
We got a call early in the morning from the team at Camp 4, who has made the decision to attempt the summit today! We will post an update as soon as we get one. Choosing an appropriate time to make an attempt is a complex process. We use information from the most current…
Eric Gullickson called in to report that the team had a great day carrying loads up to the ridge at roughly 16,400′. They moved well and are hoping for good weather to move up to high camp on the 18th.
Here’s Eric![audio:http://mountaintripdenali2011.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/audio-post-2011-05-18-04-46-12.mp3|titles=Audio Post]
Zach Johnson gave us a ring from Camp 1 on the Kahiltna Glacier.[audio:http://mountaintripdenali2011.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/audio-post-2011-05-18-03-35-50.mp3|titles=Audio Post]
We got a somewhat garbled call from what must be either Hafidz or Syafirul. The team reported to have “conquered the control tower”, which is a small peak very near base camp on the Kahiltna Glacier, where all Denali climbers begin their journey.
Have a listen![audio:http://mountaintripdenali2011.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/audio-post-2011-05-18-03-35-17.mp3|titles=Audio Post]