The team is doing great and climbed up to over 16,000 ft today on a ridge that leads up to high camp before descending back down to 14,200ft. This is some of the steepest and most beautiful terrain on the West Buttress route, ascending a steep face where there is a fixed line for additional security for the climbers. Today’s goal was to cache a little bit of food and fuel for their move to high camp, and to get a bit of acclimatization to the thin air. They are planning to take a rest day tomorrow at the 14,200 ft camp and then move on up to high camp as soon as the weather looks good.
Here’s Eric calling in.