Friday, June 3, 2011

Denali Team 4: May 22 to June 11 Dispatch #9
At High Camp

Denali Team 4: May 22 to June 11

Guides: Angela Seidling and Erik Johnson
Climbers: Llew Gartrell (Australia), Nicholas Durack (UK), Peter Grant (UK), Edward Iglesias (Australia), and Paul Watkins (Australia).

Angela called in with a dispatch at 2:15 pm on June 3rd:

“Hi everyone! Yesterday moved up to High Camp and we’re now at 17,000 feet. Yesterday morning, we woke up above the cloud line at 14 Camp. It was incredible! It was cold and windy but sunny on ridge. It took us about 7 hours total. Today, it’s more of the same, cold and windy, and we’re all hunkered down in our tents for the time being. Everyone is enjoying their freeze dried food, though! The plan for the next few days is simple: head for the summit as soon as we get a decent weather window. I hope that’s tomorrow. I’ll call you from the top!”

[We were able to pass on messages from the blog today.]


Clare Gartrell said...

To Llew and Team 4, Good Luck. Stay safe. Lots of love, Mum xx

Ilona Watkins said...

Fingers crossed the weather stays clear and the team can make it to the summit.
Good-Luck to everyone! Hope you're enjoying the tunes in the kitchen tent!
Paul, I'll be waiting for your call from the top! X

Christabel, Connaugh and Clytie said...

Hi Llew!
Saturday morning here.. we're sitting at connaugh's place having coffee and thinking of you. Take care on your trek - we can't wait to here all about it when you get home.. over coffee on a sat morning of course.
All our love and take care
bel, connaugh and clytie xxx

janellegrant5 said...

Hi Pj, fingers, arms and legs crossed for you all. Just take care because we love you so much. Izzies says she has her tripple fingers crossed! Hope this one gets to you. Loads of love JIT xxx

Andrew Smyth said...

Good luck Eddie, climb safe!

Anonymous said...

Llew your climb sounds amazing! Can't wait to hear all your stories :) glad to know you are doing well. Good luck! Stay safe!
<3 Jen
p.s. Told you I would track your progress :)

Jen Brown said...

Go Paul & Eddie. Wishing you all the best. Climb strong & safe! x
Jen Brown