Climber Daniel Laidig called in with an update on the Mountain Trip June 26 Denali West Buttress Expedition, our last team of the 2016 season, who are holding steady at Camp 2 at 11,200′ due to a consistent and persistent low-pressure system that has brought several feet of snow.
Daniel assures those back home that despite being weathered in at camp at 11,200′ for quite some time now, the team has made it into their temporary home and is not going stir-crazy or insane. We’re glad to hear that the team hasn’t started to develop cabin fever, as spending many hours per day in a tent sleeping and reading during a complete whiteout can certainly start to take a mental toll. Luckily, the team has a sense of humor and each other to keep in good spirits.
The team will likely move up to Camp 3 at 14,200′ today, if they have a break in the snow and wind that has been the normal for the past week. Here’s the route they have been following for the past several days, and hopes to follow up to 13,500′ once they can seize a weather window:
The call unfortunately cuts off near the end, but here’s Daniel: