At 14,200′ Camp!

The team moved up and around Windy Corner today, establishing themselves in the broad basin of the 14,200′ camp.  This is an important step in a West Buttress expedition, as climbers are at an elevation where they can spend a number of days acclimatizing and preparing themselves for the upper mountain.

They had a big push to get there and they then had to build snow walls to protect their tents from the winds that can really howl through camp, but now they are nestled in for a well deserved night’s sleep.

Tomorrow, they will descend back to the cache they made yesterday at 13,500′, on the uphill side of Windy Corner.  This will take only 20 minutes or so, and they will carry it back to camp, which will take about an hour.  This leaves plenty of time for a big, sumptuous breakfast.

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