Monday, June 6, 2011

Denali Team 4: May 22 to June 11 Dispatch #10
Patience 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 at 5:40pm Alaska time with the following message:

"Hey everybody, it’s Angela calling from Team Four.  It’s  a very cold and snowy Sunday up here at high camp, and we’re still just waiting for a weather window to make a summit attempt.  It looks like tomorrow and Tuesday are both going to be more much more favorable for us, so we’ll keep you posted.

In the mean time, this is our third day up here.  We've had a lot of time in  our tents, trying to stay occupied.  There's been a lot of book reading, climbing magazines, ipods, what else?
Let’s see Peter has taken to talking to his Clean Mountain Cans as if it's a pet.  I’m pretty sure it’s because he’s board not the altitude!

We have a few messages for people:

Lou wants to say "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" to his dad.

And Paul would like to tell Ilona, "I'm counting down the nights til I come home."
To us to Eric and he said, "It's not that I don’t like Eddy and Peter, she's just much, much better looking."  

Well - everyone is doing well despite the cold conditions – and being patient.  We're definitely waiting for good conditions for our summit climb.  We'll call again when there's more news.  We'll try to call in on Monday when the office is open to get your messages.  It's always fun to hear from friends and family back home.

Thanks for the messages!  We'll be talking to you again soon."


Marg and Bruce said...

Good luck Paul. Hope the weather doesn't beat you when you are so close.

Ilona Watkins said...

Paul, I'm counting too!
We both miss you heaps and beds not the same without you to snuggle up with.
Still waiting for your call from the top!
Love me! X

janellegrant5 said...

Hi Pj, hope the weather does clear for you as I know how much this means to you. If it doesnt you have my permission to stay and try another attempt. OOOOh I cant believe I just said that, must be having a funny turn. Anyway the credit card is rocking !!!! Only joking. Just take care and we cant wait to see you home safe. Love you loads. JIT XXX