Climber Eric Greene called in an update for the Mountain Trip Denali May 15 West Buttress Expedition. The team has been at 14-Camp due to weather for the past six days now, along with the other three other Mountain Trip teams who have also been barred from moving higher by bad weather. Although Denali is infamous for its bad weather and frequent storms, this storm cycle is particularly persistent–even by Alaska standards.
The storm has finally started to show signs of breaking, with the sub-zero temperatures rising a few degrees, the arctic winds dying down and the snow flurries becoming fewer and farther between. The next few days should give way to increasingly warm temperatures and clear skies, allowing the teams to start moving again on well-rested legs.
They plan to carry a cache up the ridge around Windy Corner today, Tuesday May 30, and anticipate being able to move up to High Camp for a change of scenery tomorrow, May 31.
Here’s Eric with the update: