Monday, June 18, 2012

Denali Team 6: June 3 to June 23 - Dispatch #11

Guides: Mike Pond, Dustin Byrne, Tad McCrea

Climbers: Jim Bonadonna (New York), David Wain (UK), David Pritchett (UK), Todd Fletcher (Australia), Peter Menne (Germany), David Martin (Australia), Mark Mueller (California), Philip Mace (Bermuda), Brian Knowles (California)

Mike Pond called at 11:43 pm June 17th. Hey all we are currently at High camp. After some pretty challenging weather the last couple days despite the awesome forecast it's now cleared up and just gorgeous and still. So we're hoping to make a summit attempt on Tuesday. Today and Monday we'll be taking a rest and waiting for Tad to get back up here from 14 camp then we'll make a group push.

Messages:
Tod says (something broken up maybe "G'day") to the outside world, Mom and Dad, Paul , Carl, and Michelle

We'd all like to wish our Happy Father's a Happy Father's Day!

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love and kisses to Mark! We miss you so much! We hope you had a nice Father's Day at High Camp....you were missed at sea level!
Why did Tad go to 14? WHEN did he leave? Did someone on your team need to go down with Tad?
Get some rest and good luck with your summit attempt!

BarbieK said...

Rest up well Climbers and eat hardy. Use good judgment and climb that mountain! We are awaiting some good news and waiting to toast to you Brian and your fellow climbers! Love to you,

Mom & Dad
Heather & Dave
& Dillon

Anonymous said...

To the family of the climbers- I have been receiving regular signals from my husband, Mark, indicating his "OK" status along with his exact coordinates, since June 3. He can also push 2 other buttons "needs help" and "911." The AAI administrator asked that I share them with you. I can see that they have not moved since Friday night. Here's the last one that I received earlier today. I recommend going to the "terrain" view in Google maps and zooming in to see their altitude. I will forward at least one a day. Here's the latest:
Latitude:63.07866
Longitude:-151.05457
GPS location Date/Time:06/18/2012 14:13:57 PDT

Message:OK status. Denali AAI Team 6, West Buttress June 3-23. All is well!

Click the link below to see where the signalling device is located.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=63.07866,-151.05457&ll=63.07866,-151.05457&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Sarah Martin said...

Hi Team 6. So it's tues night (syd time), that means im on a plane tomorrow!!! Dave I miss you and love you lots and can't wait to see you again. Todd, it will be great to catch up and see all the pics you and Dave have been taking. Goodluck for the summit everyone, I really hope you get there.If not don't worry, in the words of a wise person "it's all about the stories". Have a great time on your last few days team 6!!

Sarah

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BarbieK said...

Thank you so much for posting that link. We visited it and it was really nice to see where the climbers are!

Will keep checking for your posts.

Best to you,
Barbara & Fred Knowles

Ramita said...

High, y'all, and especially Jim! I just watched the virtual tour of climbing Denali and I'm queasy and light-headed! You are amazing...I'm sending warmth and oxygen and lots of love, with you in spirit as you take your shot at the summit. Ramita

Anonymous said...

From Mark's wife, Ellen:
Family & Friends of Climbers- I just received the satellite "OK" from the 17,200 High Camp. It was sent around 9:12AM PDT. I also received one from High Camp at 10:45PM last night. I'm not sure if they attempted the summit today, or not. I would REALLY like to know if anyone else has had a call/signal from anyone on Team 6 since the last posting on Sunday night. Please share any news...

Latitude:63.07848
Longitude:-151.05441
GPS location Date/Time:06/19/2012 09:12:34 PDT

https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=63.07848,-151.05441&ll=63.07848,-151.05441&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Anonymous said...

From Ellen, for Family & Friends:
They're on the move! I just received this "OK" status from 18,300.

Latitude:63.08126
Longitude:-151.03069
GPS location Date/Time:06/19/2012 13:01:28 PDT

Message:OK status. Denali AAI Team 6

try this link-remember to go to terrain view and zoom in:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=63.08126,-151.03069&ll=63.08126,-151.03069&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Here's the weather from
http://www.arh.noaa.gov/wmofcst_pf.php?wmo=SXAK49PAFG&type=public

...ABOVE 14 THOUSAND FEET...
.TUESDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY.
HIGH AT 17 THOUSAND FEET...5 ABOVE.
WINDS FROM 17 THOUSAND FEET TO THE SUMMIT...LIGHT AND VARIABLE.
.TUESDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR.
LOW AT 17 THOUSAND FEET...ZERO.
WINDS FROM 17 THOUSAND FEET TO THE SUMMIT...LIGHT AND VARIABLE.
.WEDNESDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY.
HIGH AT 17 THOUSAND FEET...10 ABOVE.
WINDS FROM 17 THOUSAND FEET TO THE SUMMIT...LIGHT AND VARIABLE

...7 THOUSAND FEET TO 14 THOUSAND FEET...
...WIND SPEEDS LESS THAN 20 MPH ARE NOT INCLUDED...
.TUESDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR.
LOW AT 14 THOUSAND FEET...10 ABOVE.
.WEDNESDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY.
HIGH AT 14 THOUSAND FEET...20 ABOVE.

BarbieK said...

Family of Climbers - Have heard nothing. Fingers and toes crossed that they Summit! Please keep us posted if anyone hears. Thank you!

Barbara & Fred Knowles

Anonymous said...

At 6pm Central Time team 6 / Mark Mueller sent an electronic spot message from 19450 all OK. Looks like they are going to summit !! - Mark's sister

Anonymous said...

They're at 19,700 ft

Latitude:63.06713
Longitude:-151.01407
GPS location Date/Time:06/19/2012 17:41:58 PDT

try this link:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=63.06713,-151.01407&ll=63.06713,-151.01407&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

Graham Martin said...

Thanks for all the updates, it is quite exciting to have a bit of knowledge of what is happening on the mountain and to follow the progress on the map. We are all getting excited and waiting for the next report.

Message for David M - Sarah has left for Alaska and Gambe is at home eating the pot plants.

Good Luck to all and safe climbing and descending.

BarbieK said...

Gpd Bless them all. SO happy to read that comment. They must be estatic. Congratulations Team 6!

Barbara & Fred Knowles
Hugs to Brian!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to team 6! It looks like they're on the way down.
Latitude:63.08151
Longitude:-151.03044
GPS location Date/Time:06/19/2012 20:58:32 PDT

Message:OK status.

try this link:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=63.08151,-151.03044&ll=63.08151,-151.03044&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

P.S. I hope that Gambe is doing OK!

Anonymous said...

I just got a call from Mark around 11:35PM PDT. They are back at High Camp (17,200ft). They visited the summit today in abundant sunshine- and photographed it bare-chested! The round trip was 11 hours. They plan on going down to the lowest camp on Wed- where they'll overnight. They hope to fly off the mountain (weather permitting) on Thurs AM, and then hang out in Talkeetna to celebrate with some beers.
Congratulations to Team 6!
Ellen (Mark's wife)

Carl Fletcher said...

Congratulations Team 6! Gday to Dave and Todd, sounds like you guys must of made the summit! Enjoy the view from the top of North America and have a safe trip back! Chat soon.

Ramita said...

Thank you, Ellen, for your reports on motion and weather...this really is exciting to know they are moving and may have summitted by now. It gives me shivers to think what Team 6 is accomplishing...so happy for them, and may the way down be safe. Jim, you are my hero! Love, Ramita