Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Denali Team 5 and 6: Dispatch #12 and 8
Both Teams 5 and 6 at 14,00 feet
Denali Team 5: May 29 – June 18
Guides: Forest McBrian, Dustin Byrne, and Kristen Looper
Climbers: David Flux (UK), Mark Aitken (UK), Steve Olivera (Guam), Rishi Patel (UK), Nichola Tuer (UK), and Richard Paul Brooks (Australia).
Dustin called at 1:45 pm on June 14th with this dispatch:
“Hi! We came down to 14,00 feet yesterday and everyone's doing well and happy. We had a great breakfast (which was burritos) and plan on hiking down to Base Camp tonight. We plan to leave at 9pm. That should get us back down to Base Camp soon, and hopefully I’ll be calling you tomorrow as we fly out!”
Andrew Yasso, from Team 6, gets on phone:
Denali Team 6: June 5 to June 25
Guides: Aidan Loehr, Andrew Yasso, and Erin Smart
Climbers: Simon Thomas Gower (Australia), Richard Van Der Sprenkel (UK), Alan Laidlaw (UK), Anna Koufos-Slade (Virginia), Chok Lin Lui (Australia), Kevin Fourie (South Africa), Luke Richmond (Thailand), and Bill Strycharz (Oregon).
“Hi! This is Andrew! I just walked into Dustin’s tent, so I thought I’d say hello really quick and give you all a short dispatch. We were going to cache all the way at High Camp, but we had a change of plans. We saw lenticular clouds over Mt. Foraker that indicated very high winds. The summit of Foraker is about the same elevation as where we’d cache, and so it's just not a good day to move. So, today is a rest day, and we’re all sitting around. Everyone got to sleep in! It's fun being up here with another AAI Team, as well. We should have a great dinner party tonight.”