Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Denali Team 5 - Dispatch #16

Denali Team 5: June 13-July 3

Guides: Paul Ivaska, Richard Riquelme, Kristen Looper
Apprentice: Andrew Yasso

Climbers: Walt, Ann, and Luke Hampton (Canton, Connecticut), Caitraiona 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)

Paul called at 1:45 Pacific Time with the following dispatch:

Hello! This is Paul calling from 14,000 feet! We came down from high camp yesterday. We’re going to hand out here for the rest of the day, however, we plan to leave here around 11 o’clock tonight. We’re going to head down to base camp. The forecast predicts partly cloudy and some snow starting tomorrow. Hopefully we can sneak out by then!

A few messages for the world:

From Steve to Katie: Can’t wait to see you soon. I’ve lost lots of weight (but not because of the cooking!).

From Colin: To my family, can’t wait to see you guys! Thanks to all the CCFA donors!

From Skye to Q (?) and Bridie – Thought of you both on the summit, and I can’t wait to see you and talk of the next trip.

From Ann to Jeff – When things got tough, I summoned you.

From Walt and Anne to Maria – Thanks for the message, can’t wait to see you.

From Andrew to Mom – Thanks, now everyone calls me snow angel. I am warm and ready to come home. Love you.

From Andrew to Natasha – See you soon.

From Luke to Abby – It was great talking to you. Hopefully I’ll be off in no time. I miss you.

From Ryan to DD – Couldn’t have done it without you, see you soon.


Anonymous said...

Congrats to all. Great news and well done everyone. Luv Caitriona

Anonymous said...

Stevie, About time you shed a few pounds! Well done enjoy the walk down.


Katie Bradfield said...

Steve: safe travels on your way down & fingers crossed for good weather so you can be home soon! I’m baking all your favourite food to feed you up on your return! Lots of love, Kate xx

DD said...

Safe trek down and I look forward to talking to you soon.

Joseph said...

Congratulations, Andrew! Peace and love of Christ be with you and the team!