Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Denali Team 6: June 5 to June 25 Dispatch #3
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 1:00 pm on June 7th with this dispatch:
“Hey! Today we woke up at midnight and had leftover cinnamon rolls from the first day. We rigged up the sleds and headed out at exactly 3am – right on time. (Yes, it takes us three hours to get ready!). After 4 hours, we made it to Camp 1. Everyone is feeling strong and they preformed quite well. We carried everything to Camp 1, and plan to do the same thing tonight when we head to Camp 2. If we carry everything to 11,200 feet that would eliminate the need for a back-carry and get us caught up on our daily plan. Right now, we’re eating some ‘breakfast for lunch’ and about to turn in and go to bed. As far as Team names, well, I don’t know yet. We’re still thinking about it. I’ll have one for you by the time we get to 14,000 feet.
Here are some messages:
Anna says Mommy loves and misses you.
Richard to Preetha – feeling good, still fat, and missing you
Bill says Kelly and Jack, love and miss you.
Ok, I think that’s it. Talk to you all soon!”