Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Denali Team 2: May 6 to May 26 - Dispatch #9
Guides: Mike Pond, Dustin Byrne, Alan Rousseau
Climbers: Roy Cursley (UK), Kayla Cooper (Washington), Damon Vincent (Missouri), Greg Lamarche (B), Christine Burke (Australia)
Mike Pond called Monday May 21st at 7:24pm PST with the following dispatch: This is Mike with Team 2. We are getting excited for our summit attempt tomorrow. For the last two days, yesterday and today, parties have been reasonably successful.
It's pretty windy up there so that's going to be the biggest barrier to overcome. That compiled with fairly cold temperatures will make for fairly challenging conditions up there. That said, there's no storm coming so at least that's good. All of our five remaining people are fairly strong. Chris, Kayla, Greg and Roy. They're all feeling really strong, and are pumped up to have our chance at the summit. We're just doing our final preparations this evening and plan on leaving tomorrow about 10am. That should put us on the summit, at the latest, at about 7pm. Best wishes to everyone out there, we know you're rooting for us, so thanks a lot and talk to you tomorrow.