Sunday, June 12, 2011
Denali Team 6: June 5 - 25 Dispatch #8: Feasting at 14 Camp
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), Luke Richmond (Thailand), and Bill Strycharz (Oregon).
Andrew called in at 5:40pm on June 12th with the following dispatch:
"Greetings from Camp 3 at 14,000 ft on Denali. We had a very lazy morning today. Everyone got to sleep in and we woke up at 9am, which was great! We made our way over to the cook tent and treated ourselves to a big pancake breakfast with bacon on the side. We've been eating a lot of bacon on this trip and it's making everyone happy.
We just got back from our cache today and now everyone is having a quick meal of tuna melts. The plan is to get to bed early tonight, get a good nights rest so that everyone is ready for an acclimatization hike up to the base of the fixed lines tomorrow, just so that people can see what to expect. We'll come back down to camp afterwards and work on basic fixed line skills so that we can be really efficient when we climb them. We've got such a strong team that I'm assuming we won't have any problems but it's good to practice anyway.
Tonight we'll be feasting on thai peanut noodles for dinner. We've been eating really well so far but we're almost out of bacon, which is unfortunate because bacon seems to make things run up here! It's snowing light right now. OK, that's all for now, talk to you again tomorrow!"