Monday, June 16, 2014

2014 Denali Team 5 - Dispatch 16

Trip Dates: June 1 - June 21, 2014

Richard Riquelme
Dylan Cembalski
Andy Stephen

Team Members:
Greg Barber
Steven Colonna
John Grace
Daniel Johnson
James Schoettler
Bruce Tocher
Joyce Tocher
Nicholas Tocher

Update Received:  June 16, 2014. 11:49pm PST. The weather on Denali is just not going to cooperate and the forecast higher up the mountain calls for even more wind and snow in the coming days.  Team 5 has decided to turn around and head back down. Although it isn't the outcome they wanted everyone is in high spirits.  They will continue to keep us updated on their descent.  Also, now that they are moving again they will turn the SPOT back on. Follow them here:  Team 5.

Photos courtesy of AAI Collection. 


Angelica said...


Hey dad, sorry to hear you guys had to turn around! Make it back safe! We will just have to come with you next time for moral support from a coffee shop down below :)
Love you

Nic and jek

Kerry said...

Team 5, sounds like some tough decisions especially when you have such a strong team. Sorry the weather isn't cooperating. Glad you are not at High Camp or headed for the summit in these conditions. Have a safe trip back to base camp and hope you can fly out soon. A little sunshine in Talkeetna awaits - Showers and the Fairview!!!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Dad!!
Hope you and Mum and Nick are all doing OK! Too bad about having to turn around, but hope you're all happy anyway and that the trip back down goes well :)
Looking forward to speaking to you when you get back and seeing you all very very soon, yay! xx

Mad Farquhar said...

So sorry to hear the hill isn't co-operating! Safe journey back. 3rd time lucky?

mom said...

hi Greg Sorry to hear that you weren't able to reach the summit. We are sure you and the team are all disappointed but keep in mind all the others you have mastered. Have a safe trip down and looking forward to seeing you at the end of June. love mom and dad. Dad and Dan will miss you at the top.

Unknown said...

Hi Greg: A hard team decision. Safe trip out, there's lots of adventures left ahead of you. Pints still waiting @ the Crone's

Unknown said...

Greg: tough team decisions. There's lots of adventures ahead and still a pint for you @ the Crone's

Unknown said...

Hi John, sorry to hear you guys had to head back early, but sounds like it was the right decision and I'm sure you were able to get tons of great footage! Looking forward to having you back (maybe sooner??). Love you and am proud of you. xoxo