Monday, May 21, 2012

Denali Team 3: May 13 to June 2 - Dispatch #8

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 19th at 9:54pm PST with the following dispatch: Hi again, this is Andrew calling from 14,200 feet. Today we moved up to 14,200 feet. We had a mostly balmy day, it was pretty warm going around windy corner. Windy corner definitely didn't live up to its name today; but we certainly know it can after our experience placing our cache there. 

It was quite warm and we got through without any altercations or difficulties. We made it to camp in 6.5 - 7 hours and jumped right in to building our camp. We saw Team 2 and got to say hi to them. Everyone's super excited to be here, we're sitting above a layer of clouds that are just blanketing the valley underneath Mount Hunter and Mount Foraker so you can just see the tops of them it's absolutely gorgeous. And, I'm calling off my cell phone  instead of a sat phone, so that's pretty cool. Tomorrow, we're going to fortify camp a little more and go retrieve our cache and will call again after we finish the back carry. 

Everyone here misses friends and family at home, but we're all excited to be at 14,200 camp and are ready to move up into the rest of the climb. 

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