Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Denali Team 8: June 10 to June 30 - Dispatch #5

Guides: Andrew Yasso, Mary Harlan, Paul Rosser

Climbers: Geoff Strommer (Oregon), Jennifer Logan (UK), Paul Davies (UK), Steven Hart (Florida), David Chambers (Texas), Brian Roark (Texas), Virginia Cross (Australia), Swati Olebe (New York), Selina Dicker (UK)

Andrew called at 4:50 pm PST on 6/13 with the following dispatch:

"After our rain delay yesterday, we traveled for another 2-3 hrs through variable conditions. We were about 45 mins outside of camp 1, when one of our climbers, Swati, was traveling down the trail and suddenly doubled over in pain with a potentially torn thigh muscle.  We were able to build a camp at the site of her injury.  The other team members were awesome about setting up the camp and getting her in to a tent very quickly.  Swati was able to communicate with us about her injury and we started to make plans to bring her back to base camp.  On a lighter note, once things settled down a little bit and we had dinner, we were treated to blueberry cheesecake for desert last night because it was Geoffry's 50th Birthday.  We even had candles for him to blow out.

We have pretty good weather now and were able to make a plan to transport Swati back to base camp.  There were some engineers in the group so they were able to cut two sleds and tie them together, so she could be transported.  Paul and Mary as well as Geoff and Virginia are currently traveling back to Basecamp w/ Swati, but as weather is moving in, she won't be able to fly until tomorrow.  As soon as the weather clears and Swati is headed back to Talkeetna, the four climbers will travel back to camp where we are eagerly awaiting their return.  Right now, everyone is fortifying camp and we are calling this camp 1 for now.  As soon as they get back, we will continue with the expedition. We are sorry to see Swati go, and hope for a speedy reccovery and to see her back in the mountains soon."



jason brown said...

Hi Mary! Jay and Boo say Hi!

Jeanne said...


Sounds like you guys are all working hard, and having a great time. Stay safe and know that we love reading your blogs.

Jeanne said...


WOW! It seems you are all working hard and having fun! What a strong group of climbers. Stay safe and continue to eat well. Why are you always talking about the food????? hahahha

We are thinking of you all,

I love you. Mom

Natasha Swan said...

Andrew, I'm glad the weather is looking a little better.
Thanks for the shirt-wish I could send you a warm base layer.

Jeanne Ball said...

Hi - This is Jeanne Ball, so as not to be confused w/Andrew's mom Jeanne. So very sorry to hear about Swati. Know she's been in good hands, especially with Paul Rosser on the scene. Stay the course Team 8 & be well. God bless you Paul.

A Hart said...

Hi Steve and all other on team 8. We here at sea level are with you in mind. Good luck boy and get your butt to the summit. Ps get home safe.

Anonymous said...

Feliz Belated Cumpleanos,
We are enjoying reading about your expedition.
Happy Mountain Climbing to you and ALL of Team 8!
Leslie, Matthew, Marlene and Pulga (Woof! Woof!)