Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017 Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 6 (June 11 - July 1)


Richard Riquelme
Wyatt Evenson
Max Lurie


Carlos Barquet
Christopher Eubanks
Emal Ehsan
Huachao "Mike" Chen
Jeff Burkard
Peter Blackshaw
Sophie Hilarie
Timothy Switzer

Team 6 guide Wyatt Evenson called in...The team has made it to Camp 1 (around Ski Hill at 7,500ft). Yesterday was their heaviest day in terms of gear load, carrying all the necessary equipment from basecamp to Camp 1. It took everyone about five hours to get to Camp 1. They arrived around 1:00pm and spent the rest of the day attending to and maintaining camp. It had snowed quite a bit over the past few days which resulted in the team digging a bit more than they would have liked! They had a delicious meal made by Max Lurie of chicken, couscous, sun dried tomatoes and hummus. Everyone was sent to bed with a bag of Oreos for dessert! The plan for tomorrow is to cache below Camp 2 at around 10,000ft and then return to Camp 1. The day after if the weather holds the team will make the push to Camp 2, taking their journey day by day.

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