General Update From Denali

We’ve not heard much from the teams, and I can’t really blame them for not being too excited to step outside to call in an audio post, as the weather on the mountain has been pretty rough in recent days.  Winds and snow have kept our teams hunkered down at their respective camps, and I suspect no one is too keen to step outside the comfort of our customized kitchen tents to attempt to call in to our blog.

Our May 3 and May 5 teams are both at the 14,200′ camp, hoping tor the winds to abate, so they can make a push up to high camp.

The May 8 team is at the 11,200′ camp, along with the May 12 Tyler/Scannell/Ritchie team.   We have another, private team up at the 11,200 location as well, so they have plenty of company.  This camp is in a relatively small, yet deep basin, with tall walls to the south that do a darn good job of making satellite calls difficult to transmit, even on a clear day.

Overview of the West Buttress route.  You can see the headwall above the basin camp at 14,200', which is the location of the fixed lines.

Overview of the West Buttress route. You can see the headwall above the basin camp at 14,200′, which is the location of the fixed lines. (Click on the image for a larger view)

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