Friday, June 15, 2012

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

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 6:00 PST on 6/15 with the following dispatch:

Hi guys it's Andrew Team "Camp 3/4" calling in to say hello.  After all the excitement yesterday of safely getting Swati back to basecamp and getting our team members back, I forgot to mention that it was  one of our guides birthday - Happy Birthday to Mary Harlan!  We had some blueberry cheesecake and a little wine and blew out some candles - it was really fun.


We decided that since everyone was feeling really well, we decided to move camp, and since we love these 3/4 camps, we've now moved up to 9600' in a single carry and we're calling this "Camp 7/4."  But the team name still stands as "Camp 3/4" so don't get any ideas.


Regardless, today was an absolutely gorgeous day.  I think Denali's nickname should be changed from "The High One" to "The Hot One." I know that sounds insane, but I don't think I've ever been anywhere hotter in my life.  I don't know if it is these black pants or the long sleeves, but this glacier really reflects the sun and really does a number on us.


So now we're brewing up some water, and digging out a cook tent, and getting ready for dinner.  Our plan is to make a single carry from here to the real Camp 2 tomorrow at 11,200' and take a much deserved rest day, which should work out well with the weather because it looks like there might be a little something moving in that day.  

Paul is on cook duty, cooking up some pesto pasta, full of some much-needed carbs to fuel us up for the next push tomorrow.  We're getting super efficient about setting up camp and we're excited about continuing up the mountain, and also happy to be off the lower Kahiltna.  We've been blessed with really good weather and hope that it continues, although a little bit of a breeze would be nice right now.  Thanks for all the support from home.  We'll check in on our rest day and try to respond to some of your comments then.  Bye for now!

6 comments:

A hart said...

Hi Steve, Garry and I wake up and read the daily posts evey morning. we are sooo excited... This is really great of you to take us on this trip with you. Be happy,this is an incredible adventure.. GO TEAM 8

Jeanne Ball said...

Hi Super P - good luck with your push up to Camp 2. Bet the views and heat are just awesome! Way hard to be sidelined as spectator.... Really miss talking (and climbing!) with you. (14,000 is a little ways off yet - any time sooner is fine with me!!!) John Clegg says hi. Love & miss you so. Jeanne

Susana Silva-Strommer said...

Geoff, Happy Father's Day! We love you and miss you very much. Now hurry up and climb. Susie, Kristina, Oscar & Nita

Stephanie said...

For Steve--Hey dad, sounds like everything is going pretty well & spirits are high even with the plan changes along the way. The whole family has been following along & I've read updates to Grandma. Happy Father's Day!! Love stephanie

Stephanie said...

For Steve--Hey dad, sounds like everything is going pretty well & spirits are high even with the plan changes along the way. The whole family has been following along & I've read updates to Grandma. Happy Father's Day!! Love stephanie

Anonymous said...

HI Paul, we are proud and amazed. Just looking at the map is hard enough for us. Be safe, have a great time, take lots of pictures and start getting us all ready for next year. Love you tons. D & S