Team Triple Z reviews glacier skills on Antisana, and prepares for their summit attempt.

Hi this is John from Team Triple Z, or for the non-American teammates on the team, Team Triple Zed.  I’ve been told by the team that under no circumstances should I do this cybercast in Russian, so let me say (Russian phrase).  And, yeah, what can I tell you, apparently the voice didn’t go through yesterday, so I’ll tell you a little bit about yesterday’s adventures.

We drove up to the, what would have been Advanced Base Camp. That drive was probably the most adventurous part of the day, which isn’t to say that everything was not terribly adventurous after that. We hiked up the glacial moraine until we got to the glacier and then we got up the glacier for some skills review and practice with running belays, climbing, cramponing skills, and I think the downfall of everybody, which was crevasse rescue. Hiked back down, had an excellent dinner, and then today was basically a rest day in preparation for leaving this evening, so some of us hiked out and continued practicing some crevasse rescue on the rocks and practiced with running belays.  Otherwise we napped, we read, we played cards. The card game got very heated at one point, so if the family members of Nicholas and Peter are listening, I would not recommend that you play cards with either of them unless you know what you are doing.

And now we basically finished eating, we’re sorting snacks and getting ready to go to bed. It is now 6:00 and we are all going to try to get some sleep before our 10:00 wake time.  At 11:00 we drive up to our Advanced Base Camp and midnight we get on the glacier.  We’re hoping to summit by sometime between 7:00/8:00 in the morning and head back down around noon.  What we’ve been told is that there is a fairly sumptuous lodging place, although I think after that climb we will be able to sleep pretty much under any circumstances.

I want to say hello to my wife Andrea, to the rest of my family, I hope you are all doing well and I hope that you are following these.  And for the family members and friends of anybody else on the team who is listening to this, everybody is doing great, everybody is feeling really good and looking forward to this evening.  So be ready to either congratulate us or commiserate with us after we come down, depending on how things go, and we will be back in touch tomorrow.

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