The June 12 Team got up early this morning (2am Alaska Time), packed up camp and moved on up to Camp 1. Teams will often move at night, or early in the morning on the lower Kahiltna Glacier this time of year to avoid the heat of the day and travel when the snow surface is firm. Basecamp to Camp 1 is a distance of about 5 miles, and they’ll gain just about 800 feet of elevation at the end of the day. This is the heaviest carry of the trip, with all the food, fuel, and gear for the whole expedition all in one load, so they’re happy to get that hard work done. They’ll spend the day resting in camp and prepare for another early morning tomorrow when they’ll carry a load of food and fuel up to cache higher on the mountain.
Here’s Lead Guide Brian Muller with the expedition dispatch: