Shaun Scott reported on behalf of the May 15th West Buttress team. They had planned to climb up to Camp 3 at 14,200′ today, but they were unable to do so, due to a thick band of poor weather that has settled over the mountain. This weather layer tops out below Camp 3, but it was rough enough to keep them stuck in camp for the day.
The team spent the day resting, after five hard days of work, and fortifying their camp in anticipation of a storm that has been forecasted to arrive today. They built walls of snow blocks around their tents to provide protection against the predicted high winds. They have plenty of food and fuel, and are prepared for what may come!