Anna Wheeler called in from the beautiful basin camp at 11,200′ this evening. The weather in the morning had been really rough, but later in the day, it cleared and became downright hot and sunny! The challenge for the team was that by the time things cleared and warmed, they had already made the decision not to try to push up higher on the mountain.
They spent the day in camp, where Anna reports that she was schooled at a number of games played in the group kitchen tent. With her brothers along, I’m sure things got fairly competitive!
Hopefully, the rough, extremely cold weather that has been hammering the mountain has dissipated for a while. The team will awaken tomorrow fairly early and try to carry loads of supplies higher on the route. The goal will be to carry loads to about 13,500′, and deposit them in a deep cache in the snow. Once again, the team will then drop back to 11,200′ for the night.