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.