Highly enthusiastic Mountain Trip lead guide Sean McManamy called in with an update on the June 5 Denali West Buttress team.
The team spent their first day in Base Camp going over basic travel skills, rigging their sleds and packs, packing and mentally preparing for the journey ahead. The team is preparing to travel on a night schedule on the lower glacier, so that the ice is frozen more solidly, mitigating the high risk of crevasse fall as summer temperatures begin to melt the lower glacier.
The team enjoyed a big taco dinner, and then a short siesta before waking up and breaking camp at midnight to head up glacier to Camp 1 at 7,800′.
Here’s first update got cut off, but here’s Sean with a full update: