Friday, May 27, 2011

Denali Team 4: May 22 to June 11 Dispatch #6

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), and Martin Halion (UK), and Jon Cook (UK). 

Angela called in with a dispatch at 5:30pm on May 27th:

"Hi! This is Angela again. We did a cache today around Windy Corner. It was another extremely beautiful day and we've really lucked out on the weather. The guys are beginning to doubt cold weather even exists up here. Tomorrow we plan to move up to Camp 3. We'll have a lot of time this evening to relax, hydrate, eat, and go to bed early. We'll call this weekend!"


Beauty Test Run said...

Hey Llew!!!
Hope ur enjoying the climb, mum says u get to eat a lot of beef jerky- jealous!!
We're all enjoying ourselves here, the weather is cold (I'm sure it's colder there haha)
Only big news is NSW lost the first state of origin =(
Be careful and look after yourself, we're all thinking about you
Love, Hannah

Chris Charlton said...

Best wishes to Team 4 beyond 14-camp. Enjoy the fixed lines and the ridge to high camp and beyond. Hope the weather stays fine. Good luck Jon. Cheers, Chris Charlton

Caz said...

Hope you all enjoyed your time to relax and that the journey to Camp 3 went well.

Haven't seen any World Cup results for you, but the Champions League didn't result in smiles for Mr Ferguson.

Enjoy the sunshine, stay safe and have fun.

Lots of love from Switzerland,

Anonymous said...

message for Edward.Following your trip.looks good. Barcelona to good for Man u 3-1, good game.Enjoy yourself. John S

Ilona Watkins said...

Glad everything continues to go as planned.
Paul, Milly is pregnant! Our family is growing again..
Love you husband! X

Anonymous said...

Hey Llew :)
Hope you are having a spectacular time! Thanks for sending me the link will be tracking your progress when I can. Sydney is FREEZING at the moment (and fairly boring). I have a few updates for you but I will fill you in after your climb. Stay safe, stay warm, enjoy!!!
<3 Jen

Ruth said...

Ben - Hope it is not as windy as it is here in Prescott right now! Missing you tons, but excited for you and the team. Can't wait to hear from you again. XOXO

Helle Dam said...

Hey Jon Cooks friends and family!
I met Jon yesterday just as he and team 4 was pulling in to 14.000 feet camp. Jon asked me to let you all know that he is well (even though he is still smoking ;), having fun and that he misses and loves you all.
To you Jon, I hope you made it safe to the summit and back again. Lets keep in touch!!!
All the best, Helle

Bozeat Business Clubs - Simon Bozeat said...

Hello Cooky and everyone,

Hope this message finds you in good spirits and progressing well in your adventure. You are and always will be a true inspiration.

I look forward to being a ghost writer when you put all your adventures onto paper. After all if a UK boxing journalist like Steve Bunce who has probably never climbed a ladder can write a book then so can (should) you!

(I was in a radio show audience with Buncy over the weekend - was invited to be part of the warm up act - huge fun!)

As always I wish you and all your fellow climbers...
... every success

Simon 'Bozo'

P.S. I'm (now) a Key Note Speaker, Author, Door Opener and Business Coach (Persuading Powerful People).

Clare Gartrell said...

Llew, I just received your voicemail on my phone ( 30/5). I am so disappointed that I didn't get to speak with you - I was in a work meeting.
You sound well and I am very glad. I wanted to ask you things that mothers like to ask but will spare you that on a blog!
Please look after yourself. Enjoy the enforced rest that the bad weather is bringing. Just take care and remember I love you very much.
Mum xx