Friday, May 9, 2014

2014 Denali Team 1 - Dispatch 4

Trip Dates: May 5 - May 24, 2014

Chad Cochran
Tad McCrea
Kai Girad

Team Members:
Markus Blessing - Switzerland
Karin Boebner-Meier - Switzerland
Reinhard Buscher - Belgium
Ansgar Heise - Germany
Bruno Hufschmid - Switzerland
Tobias Keller - Switzerland
Andre Lottig - Germany
Klaus Portman - Switzerland
Domink Schwitter - Switzerland
Patrick Stoll - Switzerland

Update Received: May 8, 2014. 11:13pm PST. Taking advantage of the eternal daylight, Team 1 left base camp Thursday to make a single carry from Base Camp to Camp 1. This is often one of the hardest days on the trip. Making a single carry means, instead of traveling the climbing route between Base Camp and Camp 1 twice, climbers travel with all the gear and food in one day. It's not unusual for climbers to have 70 pound backpacks and to be pulling sleds that can weigh upwards of 80 pounds.

Needless to say, salmon burgers and warm drinks were well accepted after the heavy haul up the Kahiltna Glacier.  From Camp 1, Chad passed the phone around and many members chimed in with greetings to loved ones back home.

Kahiltna Glacier and Camp 1 photos from AAI Collection.
Team 1 group photo courtesy Alasdair Turner.

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