Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Denali Team 4: May 20-June 9 - Dispatch #7

Guides: Paul Ivaska, Jeremy Allyn, Paul Rachele

Climbers: Manish Kumar (New York), Brian Burkholder (MIssissippi), Jeff Smith (UK), Roland Thomas (UK), Michael Palij (UK), Jane Amies (UK), Greg Umbach (Canada), Lloyd Cook (Canada)

AAI Guide Paul Ivaska called at 12:30pm on Wednesday May 30th.

Paul called from camp at 14,000 feet on Denali.  The plan was to complete a cache today at 16,000 feet.  Unfortunately, the weather had a different plan.

It is extremely windy up high.  So the team has decided to stay at camp and has been reinforcing snow walls.

Manish Kumar left Team 4 the other day and descended to basecamp with Team 3. He was having some problems acclimatizing.  In any case, all of Team 4 wanted to let Manish know that they thought he was a great team-mate and that they will miss him on the summit...

There were a few other messages:

Michael would like to thank his mother for being born...  It wasn't clear in the message whether Michael was thanking his mother for her birth or for his.  But he definitely wanted to say thank-you!

Jane wanted to say hi to Ian and to Mum from 14 camp.

And Brian says hi to his mom, sis, and to Chuck back in Oz.


Anonymous said...

Hope you're staying safe and warm dad (Lloyd)! Love you lots!


Anonymous said...

You guys are awesome! Lloyd I saw your RBC team and they are tracking your progress. Everyone is amazed and proud of you. I wish you all a safe journey to the top!


Anonymous said...

Remember cover your faces funny black noses and fingers are not good for your jobs . Loyd and Greg , got my whole work tracking you guys, I will do a dance of joy when I get that summit post . Stay safe

Anonymous said...


Your fair lady contacted me to see how you were (not that she worries.)

Your sister sends all her love to her 'troll brother.'

Mamma says you can never thank her enough!

And I say if you can climb Denali, you can come visit us!


Anonymous said...

For Greg- Hi Daddy, Hope you are warm and having fun. You are my Super Hero! I love you MOST!! Love Nighean

Anonymous said...

Hello Lloyd and Greg,
Hope you and your team are doing well.
Can't wait to hear the good news.
Goodluck rest of the way.

Anonymous said...

For Brian
We are so proud of you! Keep those fingers warm. Thinking of you often. Safe journey to the summit
Love Mom and Sis