Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Denali Team 1: May 1 - 21 Final Dispatch
Denali Team 1: May 1 - 21
Guides: Kurt Hicks, Dan Otter, Aili Farquhar
Climbers: Izabela Smolokowska (Warsaw, Poland), James Haydock (Dublin, Ireland), Ardeshir Yaftebbi, Iwan Irawan, Fajri Al Luthfi, Martin Rimbawan, Popo Fajar Sidik, and Nurhuda (all from Indonesia).
Kurt called with a dispatch at 8:05 pm on the 17th:
"Hey everybody! This is Kurt calling for Denali Team 1! We are currently standing at the airstrip in Talkeetna. We flew out this afternoon after a really nice 2-day descent of the West Buttress. We left High Camp yesterday around noon, descending to 14,000 feet for some dinner, then descended to 11,000 feet and camped there until morning. Today we woke up at 6 am and promptly headed down. We continued our decent to Base Camp and again, the weather was cold and windy, which seemed theme for the entire trip right to the end. But of course, we kept going, and persevered through ‘Heartbreak Hill’. The plan right now is to dry out the equipment, lay out the tents, and freshen up a bit. I think we all deserve a good dinner and probably some beverages, too. It was great working with this team; what a great trip! I want to congratulate everyone in their successes and wish them well in the future."