Thursday, May 26, 2011

Denali Team 4: May 22 to June 11 Dispatch #5

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 4:40pm on May 26th:
“Hi! It’s Angela again, and we’re having a wonderful time up here.  We’re at Camp 2 right now.  Everyone is doing fantastic and in good health.  We made very quick work getting the cache back today – 2 hours, which is good time.  The forecast said it was going to be cloudy, but today we woke up with great weather.  The clouds are just now rolling in. We’re learning all sorts of things with this team. Ben, Erik, and I found out what “winkles” are.  By the way – our team name is Little Winkles. We also discovered the phrase “Bob’s your uncle”, which none of us guides had ever heard before. Additionally, we’re introducing the team to more fine American cuisine.  Today it was good ol’ biscuits and gravy, with bacon.  Our plan for tomorrow is to do a cache up around Windy Corner.  I think it will go very well, so I’ll call you tomorrow.  Also, this weekend, there’s a big World Cup game – so someone needs to report the scores to us!”


Scott Watkins said...

Nice work guys... Glad to hear everyone is healthy and well. Paul - Try and explain the Jim philosophy, if Bobs your uncle is weird, wait till they hear the story of Jim!

Anonymous said...

Hi big bro!

Am still sure either you or I must have been adopted! Views or no views you and your new buddies must need your heads read!

Anyway, if you must do these things at least it's great to hear that you are having fun and it is going well.

Thinking of you, return safe.

Love from Sara
(aka "itchy legs" little sist)
and the rest of the "normal" side of the family!

Anonymous said...

Hello Llewy, We are glad that everything is going so well on Denali. We read the blog each day and appreciate the news. I am especially happy that you are with such a lovely ( and funny) team. The cultural exchange sounds interesting too. You are constantly in my thoughts. I cant wait to hear the stories from this adventure. Keep enjoying each moment and please take lots of care. Dad said we won't mention the Brumbies! Lots of love, Mum xx