Monday, May 21, 2012

Denali Team 3: May 13 to June 2 - Dispatch #9

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)

Guide Andrew Yasso called on May 20th at 8:07pm PST with the following dispatch: Hi all this is Andrew calling from 14,200' at Camp 3. Otherwise known as Banff Base Camp. Today is the first time I can say we had somewhat different weather. There was some light wind and a little tiny bit of gusting snow. There are some clouds but overall it's still pretty sunny and mostly blue skies which has been great. It was a really cold evening though, a lot of us ended up sleeping in all our layers. Which is why we brought them I guess. 

We fortified camp today and actually "borrowed", some might say stole, the blocks that Team 2 had used. They made snow blocks cut out of the snow and we co-opted them to fortify our camp. It's okay that we stole them, Team 2 has moved up to high camp today and hopefully is headed toward the summit soon, we wish them luck! After fortifying camp and making this place feel like home, at least for the next couple days, we did a back carry to get our cache at 13,500 feet. 

We just enjoyed our first day of really sleeping in. Our breakfast was at 10am which everyone thought was a huge luxury. We're going to sit down and enjoy a nice dinner and call back tomorrow when the office is open and hopefully get some messages passed along and maybe get some back. We will talk to you then. Thanks for all the support from home. We are very happy that our expedition is going so well thus far and that our whole team is still together. 

1 comment:

S Erdman said...

Tim and Dan - you guys are right on schedule and it sounds fantastic! Wish I was there enjoying the world's best latrine view from 14! For what it's worth, the 10-day Talkeetna forecasts are sunny for early next week. Stay warm and safe!