Dan K called in from our May 22 West Buttress Team. Finally, the tough weather that has been hammering the team has broken and they resumed the hard work of moving their food, fuel and supplies further up the mountain.
Today, they carried supplies up a moderately steep slope called Motorcycle Hill, which climbs immediately out of their camp at 11,200 feet. Above this prominent feature, the route climbs a couple more steeper slopes before gradually traversing along the southern aspect of the West Buttress proper until they reached a point where they could turn left around the Buttress and climb up a hanging glacier that will lead them to the 14,200′ basin camp. This feature is know as Windy Corner, and can be problematic when… you guessed it– when the wind blows!
The team carried their supplies a short way above the corner, and buried their cache in a hole they dug in the snow and ice. This protects their food from the not insignificant efforts of ravens that spend the summer on the mountain, looking for any opportunity to eat climbing food. After depositing their cache, the team descended back to 11,200′ for the night. They plan to move up past their cache and into the big basin camp at 14,200′ tomorrow.
Here is Dan!