Saturday, June 11, 2011

Denali Team 5: May 29 – June 18 Dispatch #10 . At High Camp

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 5:10 pm Alaska time on June 11th with this dispatch:

"Hello this is Dustin calling from high camp at 17,000 feet.  We got here yesterday.  It was a long climb and pretty tough, but everyone did great.   Everyone is in good spirits and good health, and we are very ready for our summit bid tomorrow.

The weather has been fantastic up high.  There are some clouds down below us – covering the lower glacier, but they seem to be happy where they are and are statying put.  We’re crossing our fingers that the weather stays good.

I have three messages:

Mark day says, ‘Hi Kris!  I’m having a fantastic time.  Keep you fingers crossed for good weather tomorrow.  The scenery here is magnificent.’

David says,  ‘Hello family, friends, and colleagues at AMEC [?].  Hope you are all well.’

Rishi says, ‘Getting here at 17,000 feet was tough, but I’m felling better now.  I send lots  of love to every one back home.’

Well that’s it for now.  We wish you could see what we are seeing.  OK, wish us luck.  We'll give you a call tomorrow.”



Krister said...

Sorry I missed the call again...I was at commencement today at WWU, not nearly as exciting as going for the summit of Denali! Go team five. We'll be thinking of you all day tomorrow!

Chris sutton said...

Well done all of you! Hi Mark, you are doing great, climb well and keep on going lots of love chris

neilrome said...


Thinking of you on the summit. Hope you are having a fab time. Love Carole-Ann, Neil and girls

John Christie said...

David, Good to hear of excellent progress from you all. Hoping tomorrow to hear that you have summited! Take care of those digits!

Anonymous said...

Good Luck on your summit bid team 5! Sending good thoughts from SE Alaska up to you Dustin. Auntie Gail

Jackie said...

Hi Rich
Sending you good luck for your summit bid - hopefully you will have been there and back by now! Sam did well in a cold, wet and windy regatta - at one point he capsized but managed to right himself and carry on racing - I was very proud of him as we all are of you. Look forward to hearing your news and hope you are keeping those hands warm Lots of Love Jackie and Samxx

pratimapatel19 said...

wish u all the best to reach the summit we r so proud of you and so is dada.Love mum,ba,mel,shyam

Anonymous said...

Rishi, We love you too... Wishing you all the best for your summit attempt. Your Accenture Colleagues.

lovesome33 said...


We are all thinking of you here. You are doing fantastic!! Can't wait to hear all about you're trip of a lifetime. Hope you managed to get to the summit yesterday. Love, Amber Steve Emily and Joshua xxx