Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2014 Denali Team 5 - Dispatch 9

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 9 2014. 8:56pm PST.  Still at 14K'. They woke up to a nice clear, but cold morning.  The team split into two groups - half went down to 13,400' to pick up the cache from a few days ago while the other half made some home improvements back at camp.  In the evening, snow started falling again and the temperatures started to drop. Less than perfect conditions are predicted for the next few days, so they plan to hunker down and ride it out. 

The team also re-caps this past weekend when the dispatches were muffled and broken up.  

June 7th: They carried a cache from Camp 2 up to 13,400'.  It was really cold about 8F.  Windy Corner was uncharacteristically windless. The sun came out as they were digging in their caches, so they got to warm up a bit.  They returned to Camp 2 for the night.

June 8th: Woke up to cloudy, but warmer weather in the mid 20sF. They broke camp and moved up to Camp 3 passing their cache. It was a very tiring day dragging the sleds up 3K' of elevation gain. Everyone was feeling it pretty hard, so a few days of rest and nourishment will be well appreciated. It snowed about 6" during the night.

The phone was passed around with messages for loved ones back home.

Photos courtesy of AAI Collection.


Unknown said...

Hello you guys!! Thanks for the messages, glad to hear you're all doing ok! Thanks for your beard freeze information Nick, that was very exciting haha :)Everything is OK here, um, I have no exciting things to tell, sorry!! xx

Hels said...

We are nearly in Talkeetna. We will send happy thoughts up the mountain to you. Joyce, I am glad to hear you still sound bonkers! The boys walked on a glacier and were totally bemused. To quote Annie "the sun will come out, tomorrow ...." X x

Angelica said...

Hey dad,

Happy to hear everything's going well!! Your pictures alone made us cold enough to grab a sweater. We're in shorts but have fun in the freezing cold ;).

Love you lots and miss u tons!! Took lots of pictures for you to see when you get home!

Nic and Jek

Anonymous said...

Hi guys, Another warm day bay the pool for me, looks like your day will be rather different! Glad all is fine with you, enjoy the beautiful scenery. Clarissa xx

Unknown said...

Hi John, I listened to this update again and you are still in trouble for falling in a crevasse! You better be safe. Things are good at home. The weather has been beautiful and I'm getting ready for mom to visit next week. The cats are good and wondering where you are. I hope you all get some good weather to move up the mountain, but boy does that last camp look cold! Be safe and warm. Love you lots. Go team 5!