Monday, June 20, 2011
Denali Team 6: June 5 to June 25 Dispatch #14
Heading down to Camp 3 at 14,200'
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 10:51 am Alaska time on Sunday, June 19th:
“Hi this is Andrew for team 6 at High Camp. The plan we described was for Chok, Richard, and me to head up to the summit today, but we woke to high winds. And there’s now a worse forecast for tomorrow. So we’re going to head down. We’ll leave as soon as we can.
It’s even going to be tricky to go down to 14,000 Camp, so the sooner we head out the better. We should be able to leave by 1:00pm – our team members are a very organized and efficient group!
We may spend the night at 14,000 or we may keep on going to base camp, we’ll just have to see what conditions are like.
Everyone is strong and healthy; it’s just that the weather is not cooperating.
We’ll call you when we know more. By for now.”