Lead guide Eric Larson called in on behalf of Team Ri-Ward, for their teammate, Rich Ward. Today, they moved up to the big camp at 14,200′ in challenging conditions. It “snowed and blowed” as they climbed up from their previous encampment at 11,200′, but the nasty weather was interspersed with breaks of blue sky, so they kept on pushing, arriving at camp feeling satisfied that they had put in a good day’s effort and gotten a taste of Denali’s more surly side.
They fortified their camp with tall walls made from stacked blocks of snow, in case the winds continue to increase. They are all in camp, and ready for a well-deserved night’s sleep.