Sunday, June 26, 2011
Denali Team 7: June 12 to July 2 Dispatch #10
Denali Team 7: June 12 to July 2
Guides: Chantel Astorga, Mike Pond, and Mat Erpelding
Climbers: Leslie Brown (Washington), Darren Wise (Australia), Shane Pophfer (Australia), Khai Nguyen (California), Denis Levin (Australia), Andrew Sargant (Australia), Erik Akerberg (Sweden), Neill Johanson (Australia), and Dale Wagner (Utah).
Chantel called Saturday, June 25th at 5:48pm with the following brief message:
"Hey everyone. This is Chantel calling to let you know we've been taking a weather day today. Winds have been 25 to 45 miles per hour, and we’ve gotten six inches to a foot of snow. So we just need to wait for some improvement.
We had a nice breakfast of cereal and fruit this morning and then went out and improved our snow walls and built an extension onto a couple of them. All went well, and each of our climbers is doing a great job coping with these challenging conditions.
We don’t have any messages to convey today, but we do have a haiku:
“Snow precedes the winds . . .”
[at this point the quality of the tranmission became very poor, and we could not hear the second and third lines]