Hello everyone, this is Ben, Willy, and John calling in with Team 12 here on Denali. We are at 7,800 feet, Camp 1 and we’re doing really well.
We just had a pretty easy day here to move up to Camp 1; it was just about three and a half hours or so to get here. The lower glacier’s in great condition so far. Pretty nice travel conditions this morning. We left at about 2:30 this morning and travelled up here in the coldest part of the day, as it’s quite warm during the day. So we travel at night so the crevasse bridges here on the lower glacier are more frozen. It hasn’t quite been freezing at night, and actually right now it’s raining here at 7,800 feet. Looks like it might stop soon, the sun’s starting to pop out but it’s been raining here for the last 40 minutes or so, which isn’t good for the snow, but we’ll see what happens here. Hopefully it gets a little colder here.
But everybody’s doing really well, feeling very strong right now. And tomorrow we’re going to carry up to around 10,000 feet or up near there, up near Kahiltna Pass; we’re going to carry a bunch of food and fuel to cache up there, and some of our personal gear. And then hopefully the next day, if everything’s good and everybody’s feeling great, we’ll try to move up to the 11,200 foot Camp.
So yeah once again, everybody’s doing great, having fun. Everybody says “hello” to everyone back home following along. And we’ll talk to you soon. We haven’t come up with a team name quite yet, but we will here in the next couple days. Talk to you soon.