Friday, May 21, 2010

Denali Team 1 - Dispatch #16

Denali Team 1: May 2-22, 2010

Guides: Forest McBrian and Mike Pond

Climbers: Rob Gribbin, Deke Williams, Jens Rabbels, Krushnaa Patil, Chris Shumate

Friday, May 21 - 10:29am Pacific Standard Time

AAI Guide Forest McBrian called in with this update:

"Hi guys! It's another sunny day at 17,000 foot camp, we are just waiting for the winds to die down so we can descend to 14,000 feet. Our general plan is just to get down to the airstrip as timely as possible, and hopefully in a comfortable manner as well. It isn't very clear when we will hit the airstrip, possibly tonight but most likely tomorrow.

The earliest we would conceivably be flying out is tomorrow sometime. People are still pretty fatigued from the summit push, but they are happy and trying to eat and drink enough to bounce back. Most importantly, it seems like the dinosaur conflict has resolved itself."

This is where Forest proceeded to tell me how the brontosauruses weren't strong enough to make it to 17,000 feet as they need vegetables. The pterodactyls on the other hand were able to swoop back down to 14,000 and pick up meat. Apparently the pterodactyls reign is ensured at this point. Back to Forest...

"Anyway, we are on our way down and everyone is looking forward to calling home. See you guys soon!"


Sharon said...

Very exciting and congrats to Team's an impressive accomplishment. Any word from Team #2? If and when they call in, a big hello to all and please wish Simon a very happy's today.
Best to all of the climbers...stay safe and warm.


ranjana patil said...

I hope everyone includes Krushnaa this time.I am very worried about her.
As for other climbers, I congratulate them on their success.

Ranjana(Krushnaas mom)...