Our May 14th team, which summitted just two days ago, rested yesterday morning at High Camp, after a long, hard summit day. They packed up and left High Camp at about 2:00 pm local time, and descended the beautiful ridge down to the top of the fixed lines about a thousand feet lower. They then descended the headwall, clipping into the fixed lines and made their way back to the big 14,200′ camp.
We did not hear from the team last night, as they got into camp fairly late, but from the timing of their descent, the weather slowed them down a fair bit. The weather has been a mixed bag of snow, wind and whiteout conditions at the 14 Camp, and it seems like the team dropped into that band of inclement conditions.
They will continue their descent today, but the weather below them has not been much better, so it’s somewhat uncertain how far they will get today, which is their planned extraction date. That’s all part of climbing big, cold mountains – you have to remain flexible!!!