Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Denali Team 5 - Dispatch #5

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), 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)

Richard called on Tuesday the 15th at 2:30pm with the following update:

“Hello! This is Richard calling from Camp One at 7,000 feet. We arrived around 9:45am this morning. Right now everyone is happily taking a nap and resting up. Everyone did really well today and is feeling well. We just finished setting up the sleeping tents and the cook tent - with appropriate shelves and seats for our high standard of chef prepared meals! I’m preparing dinner, which will be built around couscous which will serve as the base.

After dinner we will head for bed for the rest of the day. We’ve decided to move on the graveyard schedule. We'll be climbing at night to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and firmer conditions on the glacier. It’s still snowing, but it’s considerably warmer than it was earlier. We have good visibility despite the snow.

Thank you for all of the good wishes and comments. We’ll call again tomorrow.”


Anonymous said...

Richard, I'm glad to hear you're making progress and climbing when it's cooler. Sammy insists on looking at pictures of you every night before bed. Love, Laura

Anonymous said...

Hey Catriona,

Great to hear things are going well and its not too cold. I see from the post you were havin a nap, some things never change :) All quiet at home, Eamonn, Eoghan and Aine say hello. Chat soon, Anne

Aisling said...

Hi Caitriona, we are following your progress and youse are doing great, keep it up! We are all thinking on ya here on the brae road, including the goats. Take care, the strains x

rowingmum said...

Steve - So reassuring to be kept up to date with daily bulletins as we are following "stroke for stroke"!
The cold must be quite a challenge - we shiver here in WA when it drops to +10 degrees at night! Take care - love M & D

Anonymous said...

Hey Colin, Good thing you're a night owl and have no problems sleeping during the day. We talk about you often and are keeping the good thoughts coming to you and your teammates. The weather is cold with evening snow showers here in the Tetons. Good luck to all. Love, Mom :-) XOXO