Mountain Trip guide Rob “Durny” Durnell called in with an update on the June 16 Denali West Buttress team, who are waiting for the winds to die down above them before moving up to High Camp at Camp 3 at 14,200′.
The team has already buried their cache of extra food, fuel and supplies at 16,800′ above Washburn’s Thumb and is waiting out the recent high winds that make moving up the steep route and fixed lines to High Camp dangerous and difficult. Unfortunately, the forecast for above 14,000′ on the mountain is predicting that the gale-force winds will continue throughout the weekend.
For now, Durny says the team’s schedule has consisted of sleep, cook, eat, sleep, repeat. Their hoping to move up to High Camp tomorrow, Saturday July 2, weather permitting, and will make a go for the summit andywhere between Sunday and Tuesday.
Here’s Durny with the update: