Team 3/Tundra Wookies did a short backcarry with plans for some skills practice this afternoon under beautiful sunny skies at 14,000 feet

Hi, this is Matthew Emht reporting for Alpine Ascents Denali Team 3, the Tundra Wookies. Today is Sunday, May 26th.

The team’s doing pretty well. We had a nice restful morning today; we had some scrambled eggs in bacon tortillas for breakfast. And we did a short backcarry to recover all of our food and fuel, now we’re well-fortified and stocked with a lot of good eats and equipment (up at 14,000 feet/14 Camp on Denali).

This afternoon we’ll be taking a little rest and we’ll work on some skills, sending fixed lines, running protection, other kinds of technical skills necessary for the coming days. We’re hoping to ascend the fixed lines tomorrow, up to about 16,000 feet and maybe even proceed up the Buttress proper to establish a cache. If things go well, a few days after that we will be at High Camp in position for our summit.

A few other notes, yesterday things went pretty well, we moved up to High Camp, it was a long day, a bit windy. In the middle of the day we got around Windy Corner, without too much trouble.

And also note that Steve and Peter, from our two Europeans, have decided that they have had enough and actually were escorted down the mountain a few days ago with Pete and Eric Salazar, they should be safely out. They’ll be missed up here but they were fine, no problems with them; but the team is down to 10 members now.

And everybody else is doing good and looking forward to heading up the mountain in more of this beautiful weather. Thanks a lot for listening.


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