Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Denali Team 3 - Dispatch #16

Denali Team 3: May 23 - June 12, 2010

Guides: Angela Seidling, Alaina Robertson

Climbers: Paul Rose, Joan Clofent, Paul Watkins, Carol Masheter, Simon Boaz, Bob Sullivan

Lead guide Angela Seidling called at 1:20 Pacific time with more news from the mountain!

"Hey all, we just got up and are eating breakfast," Angela laughed. "It was a loooongggg day yesterday."

The team awoke yesterday morning to find terrible conditions. It was windy and they were essentially in a cloud. But surprisingly it cleared up at about noon. The team left for the summit at 2:30pm.

When they left it was quite warm. As they ascended the mountain, the winds picked up and the temperatures dropped. They summited in extremely cold temperatures at 9:00pm.

On their way down they had a spectacular view. The sunset -- which is usually a minor affair this time of year -- was absolutely stunning over the Alaska range.

They finally arrived at camp, dog tired, at 2:00am.

The plan for today is to pack up and move down to 14,000 feet. Tomorrow they will try to get all the way out.

The team had a lot of shout outs to everybody back home.

Today was Alaina's birthday. And she said the best birthday present is coming down the mountain. She's excited to eat food in Talkeetna. "Lazy Sunday, here I come. Can't wait for Bubbles, 'The L Word' and bacon!"

From Carol:

"I'm so happy to have made the summit with such fine guides and companions. And I'm honored to have shared the responsibilitis of the climb. Thinking of everybody at home. AAAHHOOO!!!"

From Joan:

"For me yesterday was one of the happioest days of my life. I reached my fifth of the seven summits!"

From Simon:

"I want to give a shout out to Red Point. Summit success equals invisible Fran at 14k one minute 27 seconds."

From Bob:

"The summit was truly spectacular. Definitely one of god's views from heaven. Steph and kids I'll be coming home soon!"

From Angela:

"Happy birthday to my favorite mom. I love you. Your card is going to be late."


Granny said...

To Bob - Congratulations!! PTL!!!!!! God displayed His awesome beauty and power. It was your time and He made it happen. We'll see you soon. Lots of love and hugs. Your Mama

Gemma said...

Great news, congratulations to everyone!

Joan, we are so glad you reached the summit and get your dream. We are so proud of you.
Be careful going down and come back well at home, we are waiting for you.
Many kisses from your family.

Cyndi Boaz said...

Simon: It was so wonderful to hear your voice and know that the summit was a success. You give so much of yourself. You have accomplished so many things that so many people will never experience, and you have done them with real class. Leave the mountain knowing that you have inspired many, and we are so proud of you....Love you!

Paul Watkins said...

Hey guys - congratulations on an amazing effort!! Great to hear of your success, been busy down in the real world coping with the difficult diet of beer and burgers :) Chest infection flared up as soon as I got down so def made the right move - fear not I will return!
At the Millenium till Sat so let us know if u get back into town!

Holly said...

Simon and Team 3: Congratulations Team 3! You are all inspirations to me! You seem to have formed a true team bond that can't be broken; how wonderful for all of you to stand on top of that mountain and know how hard you worked to get there! I was honored to track your journey and wish you a safe trip home to a nice warm bed!!!


Anonymous said...

BOOM - Congratulations to all of Team 3 on your successful summit! Best of luck as you wrap up your Denali adventure. Guess whose Mom - Drive fast- act reckless!

*<:-) said...

Joan, això de fer cim a la tarda m'ha agradat molt ...moltes felicitats i que tinguis molt bona tornada!

*<:-) Marc Antoni

Jordi O said...

Enhorabona des de BCN!

Anonymous said...

Simon! Now that's what I'm talking about, all of those corndogs paid off I see! I prayed for you every day! See you soon - Until that day... Bistro

Anonymous said...

Simon! This is RedPoint! Nothing sappy here...we want video of the FRAN! And you're needed at work...some people are calling them obnoxious morons...but we call them customers. WE'RE SO PROUD (of you, not the morons)!