Team 3 were finally able to fly to the glacier and get a few hours of hiking in before nestling in tents under beautiful clear skies

Hi, this is Matthew Emht reporting for Denali Team 3. Today is May 18th and the team has made it out on the glacier. We finally had a break in the weather late this morning, and we took an early afternoon flight out to Base Camp. We dipped in and out of a couple clouds but had a really fun and exciting flight, real beautiful scenery!

While both planes made it out, the team spent a couple hours getting packed up, rigged up, and we got about two and a half hours of progress on the trail. We moved into an old camp, on the east side of Mount Francis, from an Alpine Ascents course with Cece Mortenson, and we were happy to slide in just as the sun was going behind the peaks. Got some tents up and had a really nice stir-fry and rice dinner that Pete Lardy cooked for us.

Everybody is doing well, all nestled in their tents, and once again, really happy to be out here. The weather is beautiful, just a couple little clouds around, but clear skies and a fresh blanket of snow all across the mountains. We’ll be waking up with the sun tomorrow and moving up to the base of Ski Hill, or hoping to.

Thanks a lot for listening, we’ll keep you posted.


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