Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Denali Team 5: May 27-June 16 - Dispatch #3

Guides: Alasdair Turner, Chad Cochran, Higinio Gonzalez

Climbers: Mary Neave (UK), James Neave (UK), Alex Round (UK), Daniel Hughes (UK), Knut Heggland (Norway), Guy Manning (Cayman Islands), Michael Rieder (Idaho)

Chad Cochran called at 9:40am on May 30th with the following dispatch:

The team found a window through the clouds and successfully made their way to the glacier by noon yesterday.  They unloaded as quickly as possible and elected to get to work climbing the mountain right away.

By 1pm the team was moving toward camp one, making a single carry.  In other words, they were carrying all of their gear instead of moving part of the gear and then returning later.  Exhausted, the team arrived in camp at 6pm where they eagerly wolfed down cheeseburgers.

Today the team is going to complete a carry to 10,000 feet where they will bury a cache.  Then tomorrow they will attempt to move up to 11,000 feet.  This strategy should get the team back on track.

Everybody is strong and excited to be on the mountain. The entire team is in great spirits!

1 comment:

Rachel Round said...

So glad you are managing to make progress at last!Good luck to all team 5. Stay safe - lots of love to Alex- from Mum, Dad, Lizzy and Harry