Jim called in the dispatch tonight, and he reports that Gary, Roger and Steve carried a load of equipment and supplies to a cache site at 13,500′. Immediately out of camp the team began ascending Motorcycle Hill, which gains approximately 1000β€², then they tackled Squirrel Hill before cresting onto the relatively moderate terrain of the Polo Fields. Then it was more elevation gain up and around Windy Corner, a prominent feature on the West Buttress route that is know for….windy conditions! The cache site is a short distance beyond Windy Corner.

Jim and Steve have made the difficult decision to descend to Base Camp. Jim will assist a climber from another team back to Base Camp, as well. Gary and Roger will continue the climb.

Here’s Jim:


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