Friday, May 27, 2011

Denali Team 3: May 15 – June 4 Dispatch #11

Denali Team 3: May 15 – June 4
Guides: Tom Kirby and Matt Erpelding

Climbers: Allen Borgardts (Missouri), Robert “Alex” Borgardts (Missouri), Jonathan Fischer (Colorado), David Haimsky (Virginia), Jeffrey Gephart (Michigan), Helle Dam Sorensen (Denmark), Brandon McNalley (Washington), Ryan Canfield (Washington)

Mat called at 1:00pm on May 27th with this dispatch:  

"Hey everyone!  Yesterday we did a carry to 16,000 feet.  The weather was calm at the ridge line and it was very nice out.  Since yesterday was such a long long day, today is a rest day.  We are planning on pushing up to high camp tomorrow to 17,200 feet.  The forecast calls for good weather on Sunday, and if so, we will attempt the summit.  Bad weather is coming in on Monday, so we have a small summit window.  Let's hope for the best!"


Carey and Ian said...

Jon F. - Sending good weather thoughts for the next several days! Please be safe. We love and miss you. Carey and Ian

Helle Rye said...

Go go go!!!
Hope soo much the weather will be good to you!
Take really good care of yourselves and suck it all in!

To Helle: Min skat, jeg elsker dig så højt! I love you deeply! And I'm with you in my thoughts. Big hugs -and kisses:)

Mark Canfield said...

Ryan I am really getting excited for you guys. I can feel your enthusiasm all the way down to the lower 48. You are amazing and an inspiration to others. My co-workers at Decatur High School are asking about you.

Your Dad, Mom, Scott, Melissa and the four cats

Jane said...

Jon, have our fingers crossed you'll get to the summit Sunday. We're really enjoying the blog. John and Jane

Becky said...

David- I am so glad you are having good weather! I know you are having a blast with a great team! For some reason my last message didn't post, but I am finally back from Nigeria and can track you on the blog! Good luck with the summit - you have already done so much! Stay strong and be safe. I love you and miss you. Thinking about you A LOT: ) Becky

Sydnee said...

Brandon Call me from the Top!!! Praying for the good weather to last long enough for you to summit!
I have some very exciting news for you!
Love Syd

Debbie said...

Will be praying for sure footing, cooperative weather, and no altitude problems for you, Brandon. Remember though, you haven't succeeded until you return home safely. Love always, Mom

Anonymous said...

Saying my prayers, keeping my fingers crossed , carrying a shamrock and a rabbits foot that the window is long enough for you to climb through to the summit. Love Ladybug. OAOFEAE

Rick said...

Al, good luck on the summit attempt! Hope the weather holds. Rick Adkison

Helle Rye said...

And to Helle:
I finally found and ordered a bike - from Germany!
The black/lime Specialized Epic FSR Comp 29'er!
Can't wait to receive it!:)

Derek said...

Stay safe....big day on Sunday and you will need every amount of strength, stamina and focus you can get. Out of all the people I would have hogging all the good weather, I'm glad its you!


Rosalie said...

Good luck Allen & Alex! Praying the weather holds for your trek to the top. Love Rosalie

Irena said...

I can relate to Mark's comment, as I, too, feel your individual and collective enthusiasm all the way down here! Sending you lots of love, good thoughts, and energy to push through to the summit. Go Team 3!