Lead Guide Eli Potter called in a post that was unfortunately pretty garbled at its beginning. Please be patient, as he gives some nice detail as the call goes on, and improves in its clarity!
The team awoke to a decent day at 14,200′ (4328 m), but the winds above were quite strong. While most teams lounged around, assuming that the weather report for high winds would be correct, Eli and his team got themselves ready to go to work for the day. Work today meant loading up backpacks with supplies in preparation of carrying loads up the steepest part of the West Buttress route, to an elevation of about 16,400′ (5000 m).
A little while into the day, the winds from the 14,200′ camp to the top of the ridge near 16,000′ slackened and Eli’s crew jumped on the opportunity to move loads uphill. This enabled them to enjoy a nice day of climbing by themselves, while 120 +/- climbers waited below. Good job team!