Sunday, June 13, 2010

Denali Team 5 - Dispatch #1

Guides: Paul Ivaska, Richard Riquelme, Kristen Looper

Apprentice: Andrew Yasso

Climbers: Walt, Ann, and Luke Hampton (Canton, Connecticut), Caitriona Strain (Burnfoot, Ireland), Brendan McDyer (Glenties, Ireland), Skye O'Donnell (Sydney, Australia), Colin Stalnecker (Chicago, Illinois), Ryan Derrigan (Rickmansworth, England), and Stephen Williams (Oxon, United Kingdom).

Andrew called on Sunday the 13th at 2:14pm with the team's first dispatch:

“Hey, this is Andrew calling from Talkeetna – we are waiting on the airstrip to fly onto the Kahiltna Glacier. K2 has given us a tentative fly time of 5pm. It could be anytime between now and then – or later We’re really hoping to fly out today. The weather is beautiful in Talkeetna now There are some sucker holes of sun, and we heard that base camp is sunny too, but the mountain passes are still socked in so that’s what’s holding us up at the moment.

Everyone is excited to head to the glacier and get the expedition under way. We just filled our stomachs with pizza and apples – the lasts tastes of town. Well – that’s not exactly true. We have some great fresh food packed to the first days of the climb.

We look forward to keeping you updated and letting you know how the expedition goes. We excited that this team is made up of some people who were on the mountain last year who are ready to give another go and some first timers on Denali. Everyone is excited and ready to give it their best shot.

Have a great day. We will talk to you soon.”

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