Friday, June 15, 2012

Denali Team 7: June 10 to June 30 (private) - Dispatch #6

Guides: Richard Riquelme, Ben Gardner, David Farkas

Climbers: Guy Munnoch, John Moorhouse, Andrew Jenkins, Andrew May, Sid Ratnavelu, Graham Dawson, Jeremy Middleton
Richard called in at 12:00 pm PST called on 6/15 with the following dispatch:

"Yesterday we moved to 11,200' camp and today was a rest day.  We need to go down and retrieve our cache at 10,400'. Then tomorrow, if weather permitting, we'll go up to cache at Windy Corner.

We are getting some great weather now.  It is really sunny now and everyone is in good spirits.  Oh, I have something that I forgot to tell you from the other day - at basecamp they had a black bear sighting by the park rangers.  He wasn't in camp, but they could see him from camp.  He was probably out looking for skiers (hahaha!).  Oh, and at at 9,500' feet we had a wolf sighting as well - Pretty cool!

Well, everyone is warm and happy and starting to sink in the the groove of expedition camping.  That's about it for now."

[At this point I started to relay messages from the comments, but a helicopter was flying in overhead, so Richard couldn't hear me very well.  He said he would try to call back later if he could to get messages from everyone.]

[Richard called back in at 12:40 and after a series of disconnects and re-connects, I was able to convey all the messages.  He will try and call back later with more messages back.]


Anonymous said...

Hi Ben - this is Mary from Team #3. I hope the weather holds out and you guys are able to summit. Good Luck!

Nola said...

Hi andy great to talk to you-- sounds such fun.All well here,ICU very busy,good tennis,book club at Fermain wed,dinner with eugenia and gilly thurs--a lot of girls though.Took pups to cliffs today
On call this weekend and Susan asked after you--Matt has a job at last-father happy .
Keep those hands warm
Lots of love Nola

BarbieK said...

Hoping this post reaches you. I am having trouble posting comments.
To Brian: Dad and I are sending lots of good vibes and hope you get to Summit on this special day.

Love, Mom & Dad