I just wanted to write a closing message to this trip. After a great start to what was sure to be an amazing trip up the West Rib I unexpectedly became sick with signs of Pulmonary Edema low on the mountain. With out too many options for recovery where we were at 7800 we had no choice but to head back to Base Camp and fly out to a lower elevation in Talkeetna.
I am back in Anchorage now and feeling a lot better than a few days ago. I would like to thank both Jay and Gusto for a great fews days in the mountains and for being very understanding of the situation. I really hope to see them back in Alaska next year and get to attempt to the West Rib again.