Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Denali Team 6: June 5 to June 25 Dispatch #3
Moving Up

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!”


KellyandJack said...

Hope everyone is acclimating well, stays strong and the team gets lots of blue bird days! Tell Bill we love him and Jack's appetite is back!

Jeanne said...

Sounds like you guys are moving right along, Thanks for keeping us updated. Stay warm & dry and especially stay strong!! You are doing a great job.

Kevin Fourie said...

Good going guys I'm sure they told you I withdrew due to the flu but my thoughts are with you guys and I wish you all the strength needed to accomplish this challenge.

Larry said...

Anna - I got your card! who knew there was mail service from Denali! All's well with children and animals - stay warm, and keep the men in line. P.

Preets said...

Great job, hope you guys make it to the next camp safely!

Baby, just to let you know I've made an executive decision to include Warren G's -'Regulate' as part of the wedding dance playlist. Hehe.

I miss you, give yourself a pinch for me. Pablo says hi and take care.


Carey said...

Anna- we are watching the blog and thinking of you! Hike strong! Carey, Jon and Ian