Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Denali Team 3: May 13 to June 2 - Dispatch #4

Guides: Angela Seidling, Andrew Yasso, Ben Gardner

Climbers: David Bradley (UK), Christopher Bradley (UK), Michael Buttery (UK), Mary Mears (Alaska), Carol Akerson (Alaska), Loren St. Amand (Alaska), Tim Erdman (Oregon), Dan Fiorito (Washington), Adam MacDonald (Canada/Australia)

Andrew Yasso called May 15th at 7:19pm PST with the following dispatch: Hi all, this is Andrew calling from Camp 1. We just got back after caching, man is Alaska a place of extremes. I don't think I've ever been hotter or colder in my life! Last  night was pretty cold, but we all did well considering. 

We had a later breakfast and let ourselves warm up a bit before getting moving. We had some delicious french toast, that really helped. Following our breakfast we got moving and the sky opened up for us. We got sun and blue skies as we made our way to our cache site. Man was that sun extreme though. We were sweltering, and as a result had some "wardrobe malfunctions" where people had to take off their long johns on the trail. Considering there is no option for privacy this makes for some group entertainment, so to speak. Despite the heat we got to 9,600 feet and decided to call it good. We put in our cache there and headed back down. We are back to Camp 1 now and will be headed to Camp 2 tomorrow. 

Today as we were heading down there was all kinds of interesting cloud action. It was amazing. The clouds were kind of rolling in and out. It was really cool to get just the tips of peaks showing themselves through the clouds as the clouds danced around them. 

We are looking forward to a big hearty dinner tonight; and Indian/Middle Eastern meal. A blend of cous cous and Quinoa. It should be very tasty. I think it will be good fuel for a long day tomorrow. We will move to Camp 2 tomorrow. The weather looks good, which may mean hot, so our plan is to get up early and take advantage of some cooler temperatures and make it to 11,200 feet and Camp 2. We'll call tomorrow from Camp 2. 


Andrew says "congratulations to Natasha for completing all your requirements for your PHD; I'm really proud of you!


steve said...

Steve and Paula send encouragement to Carol Akerson. We will be following her progress during this epic adventure, and cheering her on to the summit of Denali. its a totally awesome quest

Natasha Swan said...

Thank you for your support Andrew! Stay warm (but not too warm).

Joseph said...

Andrew: Just want to let you know when your departure video finishes, YouTube just shows a thumbnail of a massive black SUV - a Denali. HA!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all on your progess and hello to Carol from her friends Linda & Terry

Anonymous said...

The Denali grapevine seems to suggest that Andrew should marry the lovely and highly intelligent Natasha.