Sunday, June 19, 2011

Denali Team 6: June 5 to June 25 Dispatch #11 . High Camp Reached

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).

Andrew called at 10:15pm Alaska time on June 17th with this dispatch:

"Hi, this is Andrew from team 6 calling from High Camp!  We are glad to be hear.  It took us seven and a half hours to move from 14,200 to 17,200, and went extremely well.

We were lucky to find an established campsite available when we arrived, so we
didn't have to build our own.  Aidan and I went down and got our summit supplies from the cache, so now we are all set for a summit bid.

It looks like the weather may not hold, so tomorrow we’re probably going to give the summit a shot.  People are feeling strong.  So we may have another chance later, but tomorrow looks the most promising so we’re going to give a try.

People are resting and in the lengthy process of melting snow for water and getting dinner ready.  We'll probably have a 10:30am or 11:00am departure tomorrow morning.

Everyone is pretty excited and sends their enthusiastic hellos to family and friends.  We will call you tomorrow."

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