Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Denali Team 4: May 22 - June 11 Dispatch #2

Denali Team 4: May 22 to June 11
Guides: Angela Seidling, Ben Traxler, and Erik Johnson

Climbers: Llew Gartrell (Australia), Nicholas Durack (UK), Peter Grant (UK), Edward Iglesias (Australia), Paul Watkins (Australia), Jon Cook (UK), and Martin Halion (UK).

Lead Guide Angela Seidling calling in at 11pm on May 23 with the following dispatch:

"Hi this is Angela from Team 4.  We started off the morning at base camp enjoying some delicious cinnamon rolls from The Roadhouse in Talkeetna.  We spent the rest of the morning reviewing skills, including sled packing and rigging, snowshoeing, glacier travel and all sorts of other fun stuff.  

We finally made it out of camp at 12:30pm and began making our way up the Kahiltna towards Camp 1.  It beautiful weather, in fact it was almost too hot!  Luckily there was a steady breeze that made things a little more comfortable temperature wise.  We pulled into Camp 1 at 6pm, set up camp and made dinner.  Now we are all off to bed to get rest for our cache day tomorrow.

I've got a few messages from team members:  Jon says that he is enjoying himself very much.  Peter sends his love to his family.  Eric, Ben and I would also like to send a big thanks to Tony for the additional supplies he flew in!  OK, that's it for now." 


Hamill said...

Love to you,Ben. Hope your supplies included HP sauce.Love Mom&Terence

Ruth said...

Ben - Moving and packing, and going on a walk with Ashley tonight. Wish us luck at our softball game tomorrow!

Ilona Watkins said...

Great to hear the weather is good- hopefully it remains clear!

Caz said...

Glad to hear you're working on your tan Cookie!

Go well, make memories and smile.

hennings1234 said...

Hey Ben,
I'm following from down here!
David H

Bigmattcat said...

Ben-Ben! Sending you good vibes from the Heart of California! You inspire me man. Enjoy, you old ringtail, you. -Mateo