2010 Denali CybercastDenali Team Rosters
July 10, 2010 - Team 12
Hello everybody this is John Thomson calling in the final cybercast for Team 12, Eileens Angels, up on Denali this year. A summary of events since the last time we called in with a little more detail about our trip to the summit. At 7am on Wednesday, July 7th, I woke up to perfect weather at high camp at 17,000ft and got our team up and ready to head to the summit. During the first part of our climb across the audobon winds increased for a brief moment and it looked like that day wasnt going to be our day. But luckily, fortunately by the time we got to Denali pass at 18,200ft winds were calm and we were confident the weather would remain stable enough for us to continue climbing up. Fortunately, for the rest of the day it stayed that way and at 5:30pm that afternoon we reached the summit at 20,320ft. Joining me on the summit was Marcus, John, Luke Mark, Martin, and guide, Matthew Emht. Our descent back to high camp went smoothly where we spent another night up on the mountain. The next day, July 8th, we descended to 14,000ft and slept for 7 hours, had some pesto pasta and hot drinks, and woke up at 11:30 that night and began the trek to basecamp. After dropping around 7,000ft of elevation we arrived at the airstrip and at 8:30 in the morning flew out to Talkeetna for breakfast at the Roadhouse. Overall we had a successful expedition made possible by such a great and hardworking team. Thats all for Team 12, thanks for following our expedition and tune in next year for another trip up Denali. Thanks and bye.
July 8, 2010 - Team 12
Hello everybody this is John Thomson with Team 12 up on Denali. Were calling to let you know that yesterday we had a successful summit day. It was a little bit windy but all in all, a really great day being up at 20,000ft. Were heading out from 14,000ft right at the moment and hopefully going to fly off of the glacier tomorrow afternoon. So well call with more details then and a full synopsis of all of our events. Thanks for following along, well talk to you later. Bye.
July 7, 2010 - Team 13
Hello this is Alp 13 calling in. This morning we got up and started walking uphill until we ran out of uphill to walk up. Thats right, we summited about 6pm and were in camp just about 10. It was a beautiful day, hardly any clouds. You could see all the way down the Kahiltna glacier, onto the flats, all the beautiful lakes in Alaska, and everyone was super excited. I even played a few songs on my guitar on the summit. So, time for dinner and bed and were on down on our way out tomorrow. Hope all is well down in the flatlands.
July 6, 2010 - Team 11
Hello this is AJ with team Everything is Under Control. We made it down from the summit safely and then spent yesterday trapped at high camp with high winds; we couldnt get down the ridge. Just made it down the ridge and back to 14 camp this afternoon. Were all pretty tuckered out so were going to get a good nights rest here and begin our descent down the mountain tomorrow morning. Our hope is to fly out on the morning of the 8th, with luck that will happen. Bye for now.
July 6, 2010 - Team 13
Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening from Alp 13 depending on whenever you read this. Its day number eleven for us and were just enjoying a nice relaxing day at high camp watching the clouds float by. The weather is looking good for tomorrow to make a summit attempt so well get up at six and see what happens. Hope everyone is having a good time down there in the flatlands.
July 6, 2010 - Team 13
This is Alp 13, day number ten of a spectacular journey. The weather was clear however, it looked windy. We decided to take a walk to Denali pass to see if the wind would die down but it did not. So we returned to camp to have some dinner and rest.
July 4, 2010 - Team 11
This is AJ with Team Everything is Under Control. It's 7pm on the 4th of July. All 7 of us are on the summit together! It's a wonderful day, a little breeze, 5 or 10 below zero, but views all around, We're going home Baby! We'll call from 14.
July 3, 2010 - Team 13
Hey this is Johnny with Alp 13, on Day 9 of our trip. We were going to move up to High Camp today, but due to unfavorable weather, we decided to take another rest day at 14. Nothing super serious, just low visibility light snow and winds and we'll see what the forecast holds for us tomorrow. But right now we are sitting tight and hoping everyone is doing well down there in the flatlands.
July 2, 2010 - Team 12 & Team 11
Hello everyone this is John Thomson calling in for Team 12, Eileen's Angels, from 14,000 feet up on Denali. Just calling to let you know we made a carry up the fixed lines cached some lunch food and some breakfast and dinner in preparation for a move up to high camp. We had a really great day traveling up and down the fixed lines and had pizza for dinner which was delicious. Tomorrow we are looking at taking a rest day, maybe waiting out a bit of snow that's starting to fall here at 14,000, and the day after hopefully moving up to 17,000 feet in preparation for our summit bid. John Mitchell, one of our climbers would like to say hell oto all his friends family and lvoed ones and everyone at the Saunders Hotel Group.
I'd like to relay a message from AJ Linnell's group who is up at 17 today, they took a rest day and tomorrow, if conditions provide, are going to go for the summit. So that's about it from 14,000 feet on Denali, thanks for following along and stay tuned for further updates.
July 2, 2010 - Team 10
Hello friends family and loved ones, this is Paul Koubek calling in the final cybercast for this addition of Alp 10. We are all back safe and sound in Talkeetna, with all fingers and toes accounted for. (some toes perhaps slightly smelly) but safely arrived after a long push from 17, back across the lower glacier without any crevasse falls and up to the upper airstrip above Heartbreak Hill. We flew out in clouds and safely in Talkeetna this morning. We checked out with the Park Service, had burgers at the West Rib and are essentially done for this version of Alp 10. Thanks for following along our cybercasts, Paul Koubek, signing off.
July 2, 2010 - Team 13
This is Alp 13, on Day 8 of our journey and our first rest day. So we are enjoying a relaxing day in camp, everyone slept in almost till noon, enjoying the views, the sea of clouds. Tomorrow it's up early and up to high camp, so next time you hear from us we will be at about 17,000 feet.
July 1, 2010 - Team 13
Hey this is Johnny with Alp 13; me, Phil and the gang are just at the end of another great day in the mountains. It started off with a granola breakfast and then we carried supplies up to about 17,000 ft, below Washburns Thumb and that will make the day we travel to high camp a little bit lighter. We came back down, had a little nap and had a dinner of Spanish Rice and it is about time for bed. We are looking down at a sea of clouds below us, it sure is pretty up here.
July 1, 2010 - Team 12 & Team 11
Hi this is Team Eileens Angels cybercast for July 1st. Today the team back carried our cache from 13,400 and solidified our position at 14 camp. A leisure afternoon included insulating our mountain axe heads, fixed line practice and running protection review. Tomorrow we planning on cache above the fixed lines around 16,200, spirits are high (…transmission garbled…)
Also note from Team 11: AJ Linnels group has made it to high camp and will be taking a rest day tomorrow. They hope to summit Saturday.
July 1, 2010 - Team 10
Hey this is Paul Koubek cybercasting for Alp 10. After summitting yesterday, we summitted with 5 people and got Ben to the top of Denali Pass and Ben set a personal high mark, 4,000 feet higher than before so a successful day. We are not at 14,200 feet where we have cell communication again and we are planning to continue on tonight to 11,000 ft. We will be able to call out on the cell phone from 10,200 to give you an update and then we will be out of communication until we reached Talkeetna and we will be sure to call you once we do. Right now the weather is cloudy so maybe a few more days until we fly to Talkeetna tough to say. But again 5 of the 6 clients on this trip summitted and Ben who did not summit hit a personal high mark by 4,000 ft as well so it has been a successful trip and we are headed home. Thanks very much for following our cybercasts, Paul Koubek signing off.
June 30, 2010 - Team 12
Hello everybody this is John Thomson calling in from 14,000ft up on Denali. We moved up here today from 11,000ft. Everyone is feeling great at this higher altitude and now sleeping after having a cheeseburger dinner. We are officially changing our team name to Eileens Angels in honor of a member of our team, Mark, who is partaking on this expedition as a fundraiser to help his friend Eileen get a new prosthetic leg. So weve all decided to change it in honor of him. Tomorrow were going to pick up our cache at windy corner, and in the afternoon well practice fixed lines travel in preparation of travelling up fixed lines hopefully the day after. Thanks for following along and stay tuned for more updates in the future.
June 30, 2010 - Team 11
Hello this is AJ with team Everything is Under Control. Were sitting at 14 camp, in a little bit of a foggy light snow storm here, its very warm and pleasant but we are definitely getting some precipitation. Yesterday we carried a load of food up to, 16,700ft at the base of Washburns thumb. Had a lovely day up on the ridge, beautiful views, sunny, and blue skies. Everybody felt healthy and strong and so we decided to take a rest day today and recuperate from that. Were planning on moving up to 17 camp tomorrow and waiting for a good window for a summit bid after that. Dave would like to wish a Happy Happy belated Birthday to his daughter Kara, and Don sends a Happy Birthday to beautiful, whoever that may be. So were headed to high camp tomorrow hopefully and looking for the summit after that. Over and out.
June 30, 2010 - Team 9
Hey there friends, family, and loved ones. This is Ben Jones, Vern Tejas, and the greatest team ever calling from Talkeetna, Alaska. Were off the mountain! It worked out quite easily. We got up this morning about 2 oclock, ate a quick meal, packed up and headed down the glaciers. It got pretty interesting there towards the end, lots of crevasses inviting us in. However, persistence persisted and we got up to the airstrip. Fortunately we got to use the low one and we spent two hours organizing and snoring and then Paul from TAT came and picked us up and were now heading to whatever restaurant serves breakfast. So stay tuned to the further adventures of the greatest team ever!
June 29, 2010 - Team 13
Hey this is Johnny with Alp 13. Phil, myself, and the team woke up this morning to blue skies at 11,000ft. We had a good breakfast of ham and cheese bagels. We had a nice trip up to our third camp around windy corner and were just above 14,000ft now. Weve just had cheeseburgers and are getting ready to go to bed. The blue skies have turned to nice light snow with no wind and we are looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow. Catch you later.
June 29, 2010 - Team 9
Hello there friends, family, and loved ones. This is team Happy Campers coming down from the summit. We were successful yesterday on the top of North America, everybody is still intact and happy. We descended down to 14,000ft, lost our ski poles in the snow that had accumulated while we were up high. A little bit of slough avalanche covered them up. However, [transmission garbled] they were able to uncover all of our ski poles. So were down at 14 and headed to 11.2. That means if we get to 11.2 early enough tonight well be pushing on early in the morning to basecamp and the airstrip. So hopefully we could be getting out of here in the next 24 to 48 hours if the weather permits. Otherwise, well be out of communication until we actually fly out. Stay tuned to the further adventures. Ciao ciao for now, bye bye.
June 29, 2010 - Team 12
Hello everybody this is John Thomson with team 12 up on Denali, team Party Below. Calling to let you know we just made a carry up around windy corner around 13,500ft. Its a really nice day, everythings going great…[transmission garbled].
June 28, 2010 - Team 9
Hey there friends, family, and loved ones,
Standing on top of North America, its a spectacular day up here and [transmission garbled]. Thank you so much for following along with us. Weve been having a very fun adventure. We got stormed in the other day and we missed a birthday for Audrey because we didnt have contact. We were in a big storm hunkered down and we couldnt get out that day but Happy Birthday Audrey and congratulations to the whole team. Well done guys. So we should be down to the airstrip in a couple of days. We wont be in telephone communication for a while but well try to fly out as soon as possible. Were looking forward to seeing all of you guys. Love ya, ciao ciao for now from the top of North America.
June 28, 2010 - Team 11
Hello this is AJ with team Everything is Under Control. Were up at 14,200ft where weve installed a nice camp. We actually came up here yesterday. We woke up this morning and went down to 13,500ft to retrieve our cache. So tomorrow were planning on carrying a load of food and fuel up the fixed lines and caching at the base of Washburns thumb. Our move yesterday was actually rather challenging. We got somewhere between 12 and 15 inches of fresh powder so we were breaking trail through that and pulling sleds. We were all pretty tuckered out when we got here last night. But we had a good sleep in this morning and were feeling ready to go up on the buttress
June 28, 2010 - Team 13
Howdy folks this is Alp 13, day number four. We arrived to 11,000ft camp yesterday. Weve been feeling strong this morning. Me, Phil, and the crew got up and went around windy corner, left a cache of supplies at 13,500ft, and headed back down here. Everybody is doing great and well get up to 14 camp tomorrow.
June 27, 2010 - Team 9
Hey there this is Paul Koubek from Alp 10. Im calling in the cybercast for Vern Tejas from Alp 9. Verns group is currently up at high camp, 17,200ft, and they are finding that they dont have cell communication from there. So he asked me to relay by radio the message that his group is doing great there. Today is Sunday and they are planning to go for the summit Monday, weather permitting, and the forecast is good. They made the move on Saturday and spent Sunday resting. Thanks for following the cybercast, Paul Koubek signing off on behalf of Vern Tejas.
June 27, 2010 - Team 10
Hello Alp 10 fan club, this is Eitan Green cybercasting. Were enjoying a bright sunny rest day at 14,00ft camp. This morning we woke up to a foot and a half of fresh snow. We have ourselves shoveled out and we are enjoying reading, yoga, and grilled cheese. Im sure pizza will be a hit at dinner tonight. Eitan Green signing off.
June 26, 2010 - Team 10
Hello, Paul Koubek calling in the Alpine Ascents cybercast for today, Saturday. We moved up the fixed lines to Washburns thumb; a feature on the ridge between 14 and 18. There we put in a cache, successful day, came back down and ate hamburgers. Tomorrow will be a rest day and then were hoping to move up to 17 or high camp and well see how things go from there. Stay tuned fans, thanks for following our cybercast. Paul Koubek signing off for Alp 10.
June 26, 2010 - Team 12
Hello everybody, its team 12 on Denali, Team Party Below. We just moved camp up to Kahiltna pass at 10,000ft earlier today and now were just getting up from a nice rest during the heat of the day. Were still on a night schedule and trying to avoid traveling when its too hot. So far its been really good traveling when its nice and cold out. Matthew would like to say hi to his mom; he cooked up a delicious meal, no bake cheesecake, it was absolutely incredible. Thats about it for our dispatch right now, thanks for tuning in and well check in with you later. Bye.
June 26, 2010 - Team 13
Good afternoon, this is Alp 13 calling in from 7,900ft camp. Phil, Johnny & the crew are settled down for the evening after traveling throughout the nighttime on nice frozen snow. Well get another early start tonight, about 2am or 3am, and carry up to the 11,000ft camp. Everyone is climbing really strong and the weather is fairly decent; a mix of clouds, sunshine, and snow. Were looking forward to some high pressure building later in the week. Thats it for now and well check in later.
June 25, 2010 - Team 9
Hello there friends, family, and loved ones,
This is team Transmission Garbled calling in from 14,200ft. The gang is doing well; we had a big day of rest, relaxation and acclimatization. First things first, we got up early this morning to look at the edge of the world. But there were clouds there so we all lay in for another hour. We had a huge breakfast of French toast, excuse me, Freedom toast, and then we had a great sled down death hill. After that, it was lawn darts and bow and arrows. Fortunately, the saner people took a nap and the young ones, myself included, went around throwing things at each other for hours on end. A great way to acclimatize, I highly recommend it. Theres nothing like catching an arrow in the back when you are trying to gasp for your breath. We are currently enjoying Bens fabulous pizza, sitting in the hole in the snow, and giggling a lot. Ciao for now.
June 25, 2010 - Team 10
Hello fan club, this is Paul Koubek calling in for Alp 10. Today we back carried down to our cache at 13,500ft, picked up the groceries we had cached there, and brought them up to 14,200ft. Probably about two hours of exercise in total, a light day after our big move up here yesterday. The group continues to do well, our younger half of our team is proving to be exceptionally strong and we are starting to put more loads onto Preston, Ally, and Leanna. Other than that, weve been in and out of the clouds all day. Ive got a great view of Mt. Hunter at the moment but Foraker is buried behind clouds. Tomorrow we are planning to move up the fixed lines and put in a cache on the ridge around 16,500ft just below Washburns thumb. Thanks for following our cybercast, things continue to go exceptionally well for Alp 10. After tonights dinner of pesto pasta well turn in, get some good sleep, and give you another update tomorrow. Cheers, Paul Koubek signing off for Alp 10.
June 25, 2010 - Team 7
Hi Stuart here from Alp 7. Formerly known as walking with a man called kevin with a sled called dude now known as hutch care pronounced Kerr or the three musketeers. Unfortunately we were unable to get cell phone reception above the 14,000 camp and our phone was dead by the time we descended down. Just want to report all of our team is now safely off Denali and back home with friends family or loved ones. Sarah Olson, Kerr adams and myself summited on Fathers day in just under 10 hours round trip from high camp. The whole team had worked its way up to the medical camp at 14,200 safely, conservatively but efficiently and got in a great position for every body to be able to summit. Unfortunately for a week plus the weather was not conducive and fearing being unable to fly out on time for business and personal reasons Michael, Kevin and Brent reluctantly made the decision to descend down with Seth. I continued up to high camp with Sarah and Kerr who had more time and not convinced the forecasted weather was going to come to fruition or impede our success.
For the first day at high camp the 3 of us were tent bound and resorted to playing some interesting games which Sarah came up with. Kerr are you sure about Larry the cable guy! The following day we woke to a beautiful day. The weather was as good as it gets for our summit push and we got to enjoy spectacular views from the top of North America. The day after our summit we woke to higher winds at 17,200 but pushed through them and descended down to the airstrip in a single push. We got to enjoy a beautiful evening on what was the longest day of the year. The night travel allowed us to safely negotiate the lower Kahiltna glacier where the potential for crevasse fall was significantly increasing. The three of us celebrated by enjoying a classic midweek night in the Fairview Inn Talketna.
Well that's it folks, thanks for tuning in and thanks to all those who generously supported 5 of our team members in their quest to raise money and breast cancer awareness for fred hutchinson.
June 25, 2010 - Team 11
Hey this is AJ with Team Everything is Under Control. We made a successful move to 11,000 ft and installed a lovely camp there yesterday, we had a nice restful afternoon in the sun. Today we are back down at our cache at 10,200 ft retrieving it and taking it back up to camp at 11 so that we will have everything all in one place. Our plan continuing up the mountain is to make a cache up at 13,600 tomorrow and then see how things look for a move to 14,000 ft on Sunday. We just heard that the extended forecast is for two weeks of sunshine so we are optimistic.
June 25, 2010 - Team 12
Hello everybody this is John Thomson calling in with Team 12 up on Denali, we are Team Party Below and we are just now making a cache of some of food and equipment up at 10,000 ft. It is an absolutely beautiful morning not a breath of wind up here just below Kahiltna Pass with stunning views of Mt. Foraker and looking down the Kahiltna that we just climbed up. Everything is going great up here, we flew in a couple of days ago actually four days ago and since then we took a skills day in base camp to brush up on our glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills. We made a carry across the Kahiltna and set up our first camp and after we drop our cache we are going to go back down to our camp on the lower Kahiltna, get some food and sleep and the move up to 10,000 ft tomorrow if everything works out which it is looking like it will. So thanks for following our cybercast and look for another post in the future, bye.
June 25, 2010 - Team 10
Hello friends, family and loved ones, Paul Koubek cybercasting for Alp 10. Today we moved up from 11,200 ft to the nation about 14,200 ft. We had some wind leaving 11,000 ft camp so we had to make some short breaks and keep moving and Windy Corner turned out to be not too windy. We ultimately made it up to 14 at about 7:00 in the evening so good time having departed at noon. The group is in good spirits, acclimatizing well. We had a dinner of mac n cheese, nice comfort food and everybody is drinking lots of hot drinks, preparing to go back and pick up our cache right above windy corner. It is a beautiful evening, Foraker and Hunter are getting lovely Alpenglow at the moment and the whole group is doing quite well. Thanks for following our cybercast, we will keep you updated from here as we continue on our trek up to 20,320 ft. Ciao.
June 25, 2010 - Team 8
This is Brian Sheedy with Denali Alp 8 we are all out of the field. We flew with Talkeetna Air Taxi on the 24th here and we all had a great dinner in Talkeetna and everyone is in really good spirits. We all summitted on the 22nd at 4:45PM and then the last couple of days have been pretty busy and pretty hard getting down off the mountain but we are all in Talkeetna in great spirits and we had a great expedition. This is our final cybercast, thanks for following our expedition bye.
June 24, 2010 - Team 9
Good evening friends, family and loved ones this is the Dementos checking in from 14,200 high on the flanks of Mt. McKinley. The sun is going down and so are we but we just wanted to tell you what we are up to. Today we were up to 16,200, do you know why we say 2 because it is a 100 feet higher than 16,100. We buried our cache up there of food and fuel and we are hoping to take a rest day tomorrow and then be reunited with our food and fuel as we go to camp 17,200. Anyway we are going to bed and so should you ciao for now brown cow.
June 24, 2010 - Team 11
Hi this is Erica and AJ calling in with Alp 11. Were on our way up to 11,000ft putting in camp. Right here were sitting at our cache. Weather kind of came in, its snowing lightly and kind of ping pong ball. But everybody is in good health, working hard and looking strong. The team says hello to Anne. Looking great and well check in next time we have phone service.
June 23, 2010 - Team 8
This is Brian Sheedy with Denali Alp 8. We are back at the 14,000ft camp, its June 23rd, and we summited yesterday. Everyone is doing pretty well, just a little tired. Were loading up our sleds and were going to head down to the 11,000ft camp for a little rest and then well go on a night schedule to travel the lower glacier and be at the airstrip tomorrow morning and hopefully be able to fly out tomorrow. Everyone is in good spirits, just a little tired, and things are going well. Thats it for now, stay tuned.
June 23, 2010 - Team 10
Hello Alp 10 fan club,
Thanks for following our cybercast. Today we put in a cache at 13,500ft making it around windy corner, no winds today at windy corner. Were headed back down to our camp at 11,200ft where well have pizza for dinner as well as homemade ice cream. The group is doing quite well, some of us report being very strong, for example, Mark reports feeling very strong today. In general, the group is acclimatizing well which is a testament to Alpines slow and steady schedule. So thanks for following our cybercast, stay tuned, with weather cooperating tomorrow well move to 14,200ft camp and install camp there for a few days. Thanks for following our cybercast, Paul Koubek, out.
June 23, 2010 - Team 9
Hey there friends, family, and loved ones, This is team Buffalo Bill and the Cowtown Kickers. Weve moved our cache up to 14,200ft. Were sitting in a beautiful [transmission garbled]. Its beautiful up here and we can see the clouds below. Were feeling good and everybody has been enjoying life. Weve got some sunbathers here. Were all acclimatizing, thats what were doing today. We also want to send out our sincere good wishes (...transmission garbled...). Our thoughts are with you. Ciao for now, talk to you tomorrow.
June 23, 2010 - Team 11
Hello this is AJ with Alp 11, team Everything is Under Control. Were putting in a cache at 10,200ft on the Kahiltna right now on the corner below 11 camp. Weve had lovely weather so far, blue skies and lots of sun. Everybody is healthy and were all having a great time together. Thats it for now.
June 22, 2010 - Team 8
This is Brian Sheedy calling with Alpine Ascents Team 8 on Denali, Its five oclock and the date here is the 22nd. [Transmission garbled]… on the summit of North America! [Transmission garbled]… the rest of the team is up here, snapping photos and happy. Were about to head down, a good day. Over and out.
June 22, 2010 - Team 12
Hello everybody this is John Thomson with Denali Team 12 calling in our initial cybercast from the Talkeetna airport. We are just about to board the plane and fly into Kahiltna International. Its a little cloudy here in town but its looking great in the mountains so we are ready to fly. Weve got a wonderful team, everybody is psyched and prepared. Were going to go have a great trip on the mountain. Thanks for following and well give you a call next time when we are in the Alaska Range. Talk to you later, bye.
June 22, 2010 - Team 10
Hello friends, family and loved ones, followers of the Alp 10 cybercast,
As an update we have just moved to 11,200ft camp, the traditional Camp 2 on the mountain. We got up here yesterday after a good long haul from the traditional Camp 1. Folks moved slowly and steadily moving well. Im calling you on a borrowed SAT phone from Karl, a member of our group, to tell you we are doing great. We are having breakfast of Denali delight which is bagels, cheese, and Canadian bacon. Our plan for the day is to back carry down to our cache at 10,200ft. So its a fairly short day, almost a rest day, just enough light activity to help the group acclimatize. The entire group is doing well; strong, healthy, and in good spirits. With weather cooperating, tomorrow well go put in a cache around windy corner. Thanks for following our cybercast and stay tuned as we determine our group name. Cheers. Paul Koubek signing off for Alp 10.
June 21, 2010 - Team 9
Hey there friends, family, and loved ones,
This is Big Jim & the Prospectors, Team 9, and we are now at windy corner. It is a beautiful day, we can see all 13 peaks of Hunter sticking out. We can see all the way down the Kahiltna Glacier, Peters Dome, and Mt. Foraker sticking out. Beautiful day, wish you could be here, were working hard. Weve got sleds full of food and fuel, weve got backpacks that are loaded down to the gills, and were just moving our cache up around the corner. The weather has been very cooperative the last day or two. Before that we had some nasty, snowy, windy weather but all that seems to have vaporized and everybody is enjoying the view and taking lots of photographs. We are planning on coming up from 11,000 to 14,000 tomorrow depending on how people feel, if they are acclimatizing well, and on what the weather is doing. The weather currently looks good and we can see the top of McKinley from the corner here, its beautiful and bold today. So, like we said we wish you could be here and know that we are thinking of you. Have a Happy Solstice. Ciao for now from Big Jim & the Prospectors.
June 20, 2010 - Team 10
Hey there fans of Alp 10, Paul Koubek calling in our cybercast. We just moved to 10,200ft. We pulled a big bunch of loads up here with good spirits and good work done by all. We dug a cache and buried our cache. Were going to head back down to the base of ski hill. We dont seem to have communication ability from there so we cant cybercast from there. But stay tuned, if all goes well, well move up to 11,200ft tomorrow in our progress up the hill. Thanks for following our cybercast and stay tuned for more. Paul Koubek signing off for Alp 10.
June 20, 2010 - Team 9
Hello there friends, family, and loved ones. This is Suzanna and the White Mountain Boys calling in from 10,000ft high on the flanks of Mt. McKinley, also known as Denali, the Great One. We had a wonderful evening last night, had pizza, and everyone slept quite well. Woke up this morning and it was clear enough where we could see some of the mountains around us; its beautiful up here. We are just getting ready to move up around the corner out of Kahiltna pass. Wanted to make sure we got our last call in for a few days. (...Transmission garbled...) everyone else here is doing well. Stay tuned for the further adventures of Suzanna and the White Mountain Boys.
June 18, 2010 - Team 6
Hi this is Rachel calling in for team 6. Just wanted to let everyone to know we are back at 14 camp after spending six days at 17. It was really cold and windy on the hike back to camp but everyone is doing well and were hoping to make it down to 11 and to the airstrip tonight and hopefully well fly out tomorrow or the next day. Everyone is doing well and Im sure everyone will call their loved ones once we get back to Talkeetna on their cellphones. Thanks, bye.
June 18, 2010 - Team 8
Hi this is Lauren Ditolla calling with Alp 8. We took a rest day today at 14,000ft and everybody is getting psyched to move up to high camp tomorrow. People are getting well rested, we put in a cache yesterday at the top of the fixed line. People are feeling pretty strong and tomorrow we are going to go for it weather permitting. Everybody says hello to friends and family and thats all for now.
June 18, 2010 - Team 9
Hey there friends, family, and loved ones, This is team Bret and the Boys high on the flanks of Mt. Denali. Were thinking were around 9,600ft. We cant really tell because there are still too many clouds but were starting to get a little bit of a view and everybody is really excited [transmission garbled]. Ben has made us a great dinner and everyone is now celebrating with fig newtons and camera shots. Big smiles all the way around. Okay ladies and gentlemen, join us tomorrow for the further adventures of Bret and the boys.
June 18, 2010 - Team 10
Hello friends, family, and loved ones, This is Paul Koubek calling in this cybercast for Alp 10. It is five in the afternoon on Friday and we are sitting at the Talkeetna airstrip just about to fly. Right in the late afternoon we got the call that the weather had lifted enough to let some flights get in and were about to get in an airplane, an otter, and fly up into the mountains. Well be out of communication for a couple of days as we move up to the lower glacier where our communication device doesnt allow us to call out. But as soon as we can well get you up to date. Until then, please dont worry about us, well be doing fine. The new snow on the mountain means better travel on the lower glacier for us. Stay tuned for our cybercast and thanks for following the adventures of Alp 10. Cheers.
June 17, 2010 - Team 7
Hey folks, Seth here with Alp 7 just checking in briefly, we are still kind of in a holding pattern here at 14,200 ft. The weather is looking good and the plan is to move up tomorrow to high camp, 17,200 ft. It looks like the system is finally moving through so the team is excited, it looks like we got a weather window and we are going to try to summit Denali. We hope that everyone is doing good back home, folks are doing great here and looking forward to moving up and down this mountain. Alright we will talk to you later.
June 17, 2010 - Team 10
Hello this is Paul Koubek calling in with Alp 10, yesterday after issuing our gear we headed to Talkeetna, got a briefing from the climbing rangers, headed to Talkeetna Air Taxi and waited. It is raining here in Talkeetna and we were unable to fly yesterday, today we also remained in a holding pattern, it is still rainy, planes are still not flying to or from the mountain as such we are waiting for a weather window. To fill our time while waiting we are working on skills, we have worked on fixed line ascension, clipping running protection and tent set up and we also caught the world cup, we saw Mexico beat France. We will continue waiting until we fly, at the moment it looks like it is slightly lifting, we could still fly today. Thanks very much for following our cybercast and stay tuned.
June 17, 2010 - Team 9
Hey there friends, family, and loved ones. This is Alpine Ascents team 9, also know as Sawyer and the Monoslavics. We are now at 9,853ft about sea level and were digging a cache. Everybody is in good health and good spirits. Its snowing and blowing to beat the band and we cant see where were going so were making home right here. Well come up from Camp 1 tomorrow and then Camp 2 here. So please join us and stay tuned for the further adventures of Sawyer and the Monoslavics. Thats all for now.
June 17, 2010 - Team 6 + Team 8
Team 8This is Brian Sheedy, its Thursday, June 17th and we are at the 14,200ft camp again. Were hoping to be able to do a cache today, yesterday was a rest day. The weather has been very unsettled but hopefully in the next few days well be able to move up to high camp. Thats all the news for Alp 8.
Team 6Now Im passing a message along for Alp 6. Alp 6 is at high camp. Right now hey are hunkered down because it is extremely windy up there. Theyve got some spindrift coming in to the front vestibules so right now they are laying low. Hopefully theyll have good enough conditions to be able to descend to the 14,200ft camp today but its very windy up there so theyre just waiting for the opportunity to be able to move on down. Other than that, theyre doing well up there despite the wind. They werent able to get their cybercast out, for some reason their phone is down up there so passing this message along and they are doing well.
Thats all the news for Alp 8 and Alp 6.
June 16, 2010 - Team 7
Hi, this is Stewart here with Alp 7, formerly known as walking with a man called Kevin with a sled called dude, now known as [transmission garbled]. Were just reporting in from the 14,000ft camp to say that all is well. Fortunately weve been [transmission garbled]…weather days here and hunkered down hoping to move up in the next few days to get us on to the launch pad for a summit bid. Weve been fortifying camp and just kicking back and relaxing. Everybody is doing great. Were in a good spot if the weather plays us a kind card. Tonight well be having burritos for dinner. Everybody sends their love and happiness. Thats all for now and thanks again for tuning in and hopefully well have some good news in the next couple of days and be up at 17,000ft camp on that launch pad to get this thing done. Bye.
June 16, 2010 - Team 8
This is Brian Sheedy calling with Denali Alp 8. Its Wednesday, June 16th, and we are at 14,200ft camp taking a rest day today. Yesterday we did a back carry; we went back down to windy corner and picked up the rest of our food and fuel so we are fully installed here at 14,200ft. Well do a little bit of instruction on fixed rope ascension and passing fixed protection and then tomorrow the plan is to do a load carry up on the west buttress. Thats it for now, keep in touch.
June 16, 2010 - Team 6
Hey this is Seth Timpano. Im calling this cybercast in for Jonathon Spitzer and Rachel Greenberg. They called me on the radio and asked me to call it in. They didnt have any cell phone reception up there. They are at high camp, 17,200ft. They moved up two days ago and theyre hunkered down right now waiting for an opportunity to summit. Ill probably talk to them on the radio tomorrow and I can call in with an update from them. If not, theyll probably call in when they come down one way or the other. Thanks, bye.
June 16, 2010 - Team 7
Hey folks this is Seth with Alp 7. Were calling in from 14,200ft. We hope to move up today to the high camp but some weather, snow and wind, has us pinned down here at 14,000ft. Hopefully in the next couple of days well move up and be on the launch pad and have a chance to summit Denali. Everyone is doing well here and well talk to you later. Bye.
June 15, 2010 - Team 8
This is Brian Sheedy with Denali Alp 8. Its Tuesday, June 15th, and we are at the 14,200ft camp. We got here last night after a very windy move day yesterday and people were a little bit tired. We ate a good dinner of macaroni and cheese. Today were socked in weather wise but are hoping it will clear a little bit just for us to go down to our cache at windy corner. Other than that, were just going to eat and drink a lot today, improve our camp, and hopefully the weather will start to improve. However, right now it looks like its going to be bad weather for a couple of days here. Over and out. Bye.
June 15, 2010 - Team 6
Update from Team 6, they arrived at high camp today (17,200) and the team is doing well.
June 14, 2010 - Team 7
Hey everyone its Seth here with Alp 7. Were doing well here at 14,200ft. We had a great rest day. We ate brunch, blueberry pancakes, and then feasted on bean and chicken quesadillas all evening. All in all it was a pretty good day. Were looking to move up tomorrow and well check back with you hopefully from 17,000ft. If not, well keep in touch. Hope everyone is doing well back home, folks are doing great here and were looking forward to summiting this mountain.
June 14, 2010 - Team 7
Hey Seth here with Alp 7,
Everyone is doing great up here. We had a beautiful day in the Alaska range. We were able to establish a cache at the top of the fixed lines and return down to advanced base camp at 14,000ft for some pizza that Stuart made. Tomorrow is going to be a rest day and well keep you informed on whats going on. Everyone here says hello to the folks back at home.
June 13, 2010 - Team 9
This is Alpine Ascents Team 9. We are at the airport and we are looking forward to flying in. Theres no telling what the weather is going to do. Its been raining, its been storming, then we had some sunshine coming through and now its cloudy again. The pilots looking up right now looking for a place to fly through so we can actually go in and start at basecamp. So if that comes to pass well be right on schedule. Weve got team members Jim, Bill, Brent, Brents brother Sawyer, Suzanne, and myself, Vern, and then Ben Jones is co-guiding with me and it looks like its going to be an all star cast so please stay tuned and see what happens and see how everything transpires and find out whether we make it in tonight. Shout out from team 9, were looking for a new name but youll be able to find us here on your favorite cybercast channel, alpineascents.com!
June 13, 2010 - Team 8
Hey this is Brian Sheedy with Alp 8. We just got up to windy corner today. We had a lot of bad weather yesterday so we ended up staying in camp at the 11,000ft camp. Theres probably close to 2 feet of new snow so today weve been moving fairly slow breaking trail and sinking in quite a bit. Were putting in a cache at windy corner here and tomorrow the plan is to move up to the 14,000ft camp. Thats it for now.
June 12, 2010 - Team 7
[Transmission garbled…] we made it to the base of the fixed lines before some snow conditions and slow travel turned us around. Now back in camp, had a good dinner of mashed potatoes and roast beef and everyone is tucked away in their sleeping bags. Well get that cache in tomorrow and keep moving up the mountain. Everyone here says hello to the folks back at home. Bye.
June 12, 2010 - Team 6
Greetings, this is Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs,
Yesterday we had a very successful day where we cached our high camp and lunch food and some high camp equipment up at the top of the fixed lines at 16,200ft. Everybody did really well climbing the fixed lines and getting up there. Today were going to be taking a rest day here at 14,200ft camp. Pretty much waiting for a good weather window and then were going to move up to high camp and start our summit attempt. Well be in touch over the next couple of days as we get ready to make our ascent up to high camp. Cheers.
June 11, 2010 - Team 8
Hi this is Lauren calling with Alp 8 and we are calling from 10,200 ft down at the corner. Last night we stayed up at the 11,000 camp and we are doing our back carry today and picking up our cache at 10,200 ft. We are headed back up to 11,000 and we will spend the night there and then go up to do another cache where we will give another call later. The team is doing real well, we had a yummy french toast breakfast this morning, everybody is nice and healthy and people say hello to family and friends and hope that everyone is well. We will give a call later, ciao.
June 11, 2010 - Team 6
Hi this is Rachel calling in with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We are calling from 14,000 and about to head up to 16,200 to put in our cache. Everyone is really excited to move up higher on the mountain. It is pretty clear out and cloud and we can see out to Hunter and Foraker and down to the valley, it is really beautiful. Everyone is doing great and thanks for following our cybercast, bye.
June 10, 2010 - Team 6
Hello this is Rachel calling with Team 6. Were calling from camp three at 14,200ft. We woke up this morning to about 2ft of new snow and spent the next three hours digging out camp and digging out the cook tent. It was a lot of work, but afterwards, we had hot drinks and a big breakfast. Everyone is doing well and its beautiful and sunny out. Were waiting for the snow to settle and hoping to put in our cache at 16,200ft tomorrow. Thanks for following our cybercast and well talk to you tomorrow. Bye.
June 9, 2010 - Team 8
Hi this is Brian Sheedy calling in with Alp 8 on Denali. Today we moved from the 7,800ft camp up to the corner near Kahiltna Pass. Were camped at 10,200ft and everyone is doing well. We just had a nice dinner of broccoli, rice & cheese with some soup and drank a lot of hot drinks. Tomorrow were going to get up early and go 1,000ft higher to the camp at 11,200ft. It should be a pretty relaxing day for us since we only have a 1,000ft hill. Things are going well, stay tuned. Bye.
June 8, 2010 - Team 7
Hey everyone this is Seth with Alp7, also known as the Hutch Care team,
Were up at windy corner right now enjoying some perfect weather, hardly even a wisp of wind and slight snow showers. Perfect traveling conditions today. Were going to cache just around the corner then head on back down to 11,000ft for some tasty bites and then move up to 14,000ft camp tomorrow. Everyone wishes everyone back home well and were doing good here. Alright, bye.
June 8, 2010 - Team 6
Hello this is Jonathon Spitzer with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, We are currently at 14,200ft camp. Were taking a rest day today. Weve got clear weather and pretty much no wind but cold temperatures. Were going to go over some fixed line school and then hopefully go up and cache at around Washburn's Thumb or 16,200ft. Everyone is doing well and currently Rachels making pancakes and bacon for breakfast so Ive got to get going so I can get some food. Alright, well be in touch. Bye.
June 8, 2010 - Team 8
Its Tuesday June 8th and this is Brian Sheedy calling in with Alpine Ascents Denali group 8. We are at the corner just near Kahiltna pass. We got here at 5:30, were putting in a cache, and then were dropping back down to our camp at 7, 800ft. Tomorrow well come back up and were going to camp close to our cash, somewhere between either the 9,500 camp or maybe even right near the cache. The following day well go up to the 11,000 camp. Everyone is doing well in the group and thats it for now. Keep following our cybercast.
June 7, 2010 - Team 7
Hey this is Seth here with Alp 7, also known as Walking with a Man Called Kevin in a Sled Called Dude. Had a great carry up to the 11,000 ft camp today and returned back to camp for bacon cheeseburgers. Were looking forward to moving up tomorrow. We will keep in touch and hope everyone is doing well back home.
June 7, 2010 - Team 5
Hey everybody this is Alp 5. This is our last day possible at 17,200ft. We tried to go to the summit this morning but then weather came in and then it cleared up. Hopefully tomorrow will produce good weather for us. If not, Italo, Cliff & myself, Dave Kratsch will be heading down to the airstrip as we are running out of time. Wish us well and well keep you posted on our progress. Dave Kratsch signing out.
June 7, 2010 - Team 6
Hey this is Rachel calling with Alpine Ascents team 6, also known as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We are at 13,600ft at our cash picking up a few crucial items and are on our way to camp three at 14,000. Everyone is very excited to get high up on the mountain and everyone is doing great. Thanks and well check in tomorrow.
June 6, 2010 - Team 5
Hi everybody this is Team Kratsch with Alp 5 right now it is beautiful out at 17,200 ft no wind. We had a bunch of snow yesterday, we had a couple of feet so we are letting the slope settle out today. There was quite a bit of wind this morning so people were a little worried, also worried about missing their flights home, they wanted to go home. So now we are just down to two, Italo and Cliff everybody else took off for the lower mountain so that they were confident that they could get their flight. Italo, Cliff and myself will hopefully head to the summit tomorrow. (…transmission garbled…) and we are going to give it a shot tomorrow, keep us in your prayers and this is Alp 5 signing off.
June 6, 2010 - Team 7
Hello this is Seth with Alp 7. We just moved up to the 9,400 ft camp on the Kahiltna glacier. It is a beautiful evening, awesome views down to the south of Foraker and everyone is just in bed right now. We had a great macaroni and cheese dinner and we look forward to carrying and caching at the 11,000 ft camp tomorrow. We will check back with you tomorrow, bye.
June 5, 2010 - Team 6
After putting in a cache the team is heading down to 11,000 ft camp and will be taking a rest day tomorrow.
June 5, 2010 - Team 7
Greetings friends, family, loved ones, Stuart here with Alp 7, the Fred Hutch climb. Well now be known as [transmission garbled] walking with a man called Kevin with a sled called dude until further notice. We might change it but Prince changed his name so, so can we. Just reporting in, everything is great. We are presently up just under 10,000 ft putting in a cash. Were camping just below ski hill in a pristine camp that we set up and well be back there tonight and moving up to here tomorrow. Everything is going really well, and we will get back in touch once we establish camp here tomorrows, until then, bye.
June 5, 2010 - Team 4
Hello friends, family, and loved ones, Paul Koubek calling you from lovely downtown Talkeetna, Alaska, to report that after a slight weather delay out of Kalhitna International airstrip the entire group was able to fly out today in two otter flights. We are all back down safe and sound from our expedition up on Denali or Mt. McKinley. With everyone having summited, we are now sorting through our gear after having eaten some hamburgers and feeling satisfied after completing our expedition. Thanks very much for following our cybercast, Paul Koubek signing off for Alp 4.
June 5, 2010 - Team 8
This is Brian Sheedy with Alpine Ascents group 8 for Denali,
We are at Talkeetna air taxi, it is 3pm, and we are just about to get on our plane to fly on in. Everyone was here this morning and we did a good gear check. We just got back from the park service after eating lunch and just changed into our mountain clothes. We are about to fly in and were looking forward to an excellent expedition.
June 4, 2010 - Team 5
Right now we are sitting at 17,200 ft on Denali at the wind canal. We have high winds here, building double walls, enjoying the cold. Right now this is not the place where people want to be but most of us want to weather it out. A few people will descend at the first opportunity that arises. The four of us will continue to battle weather and hope to summit on Monday when the next high pressure comes in and maybe we can sneak in a summit there. If not, well probably be heading down sometime after that. Right now weve been at 17,200 ft for four days and counting down the days of our trip but keep us in your prayers and we hope to continue on. But, on the flip side, we did try to summit the other day and then high winds came and took us down so were back down to waiting for another weather window. Everybody is doing quite well overall, but morale is kind of going low, coming up, then going low. Keep us in your prayers, this is Dave Kratsch with Alp 6 signing off.
June 4, 2010 - Team 6
Hi this is Rachel calling with Alpine Ascents Team 6 and we are calling in to let everyone know that we are doing great. Yesterday we moved up to camp 2 at 11,200 ft today we came down to 10,200 ft to pick up our cache. Everyone is doing great and we all say hi to everyone out there, thanks for following our cybercast. Bye.
June 2, 2010 - Team 5
Hi everybody this is Dave Kratsch with Alp 5,
Right now we are just finishing up our rest day at 17,200 ft. We are hoping the weather will hold out for us for one more day. Most of today we were watching the winds at Denali pass creep up over 40-50 mph. Right now it has died down, its completely beautiful out. We are hoping to get up a quite early start tomorrow because there is supposed to be weather coming in that following day or that evening so we are hoping to sneak this summit in tomorrow. If not, theres the potential we will be stuck at 17,200 for the next 4-5 days depending on when our next summit opportunity will be.
Let me backtrack a little. Yesterday we came up the fixed lines from 14,200 and crept up the west ridge where we got some beautiful views but we were socked in by clouds. Once in a while the western sun would poke out and wed see beautiful sky behind it. And then up to 17,200 with tents set up for us which was a warm welcoming for us. Thats where we left off for a rest day today and a hopeful summit bid tomorrow. Please keep us in your prayers and well keep you posted with what happens tomorrow. This is Dave Kratsch with Alp5 signing off.
June 2, 2010 - Team 4
Hello Family, Friends & Loved Ones,
Paul Koubek calling in for the Alp 4 cybercast. After summiting the entire group yesterday and sleeping in a bit this morning at 17 camp, weve descended to 14 camp, where we are now packing our sled duffels to push on to 11 camp where we anticipate spending the night. That will put us out of radio communication so chances are this will be our last cybercast before we hit Talkeetna. Its been a successful trip, everybody stood on top of the big mountain here.
Other than that, our next cybercast should be from Talkeetna when we arrive safe and sound which could be as early as tomorrow night. It may take us longer depending on both fitness of the team and aircraft ability to fly in what are currently cloudy conditions. Thanks for following our cybercast and youll hear more from us when we reach Talkeetna. Cheers. Paul Koubeck signing off from Alp 4.
June 2, 2010 - Team 7
Stuart here from Alp team 7, which is the inaugural Fred Hutchinson Denali climb to fight breast cancer. Ive had the privilege of guiding numerous Fred Hutch climbs over the last few years and the climbers always have my utmost respect in their quest to raise a huge amount of money for a very worthy cause and it is a privilege to be guiding this team along with Seth Timpano. We are about to leave Talkeetna for a glacier landing on the Kalhitna glacier. Its a beautiful day here, maybe a bit too warm but well find out.
Had a fairly busy day today, we had breakfast at the Fireweed which is always great, we had a comprehensive gear check in the morning followed by lunch, and just recently have come out of a National Park briefing. Everyone is doing well, theyre rearing to go. There is a little bit of apprehension but its going to be a great trip.
Well keep you posted, the next few days well be working our way up the Kalhitna which is surrounded by some beautiful mountains, unfortunately it doesnt allow for cell reception but as soon as we can well put in another cybercast, and thats about it. Thanks for tuning in, take care. Bye.
June 2, 2010 - Team 6
Hello this is Jonathon Spitzer with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alp6, Greetings, and today we are at 10,200 ft, the first time we have had reception. We just put in our cache, everybodys doing well and were going to go back down and have a great meal tonight at dinner at 7800 ft, and hopefully tomorrow move up to 11,000 ft camp or the 9,600 camp. Well be in touch during the rest of our trip. Cheers.
June 1, 2010 - Team 3
Hello, this is Sarah from Alp 3 calling from 14 camp. We descended today after 4 of our 6 reached the summit last night and returned to camp late in the evening. Don, Tom, Froydis and Knut all made the summit. As a team of 6 weve descended down to 14 and now are on our way to 11 in hopes of making it to basecamp tomorrow. We will try to remember to call out tomorrow but if you dont hear from us then, youll hear from us when weve hit Talkeetna.
May 31, 2010 - Team 3
Hello this is Sarah from Alp 3 calling from 17 camp, I just spoke with Don, Knut, Froydis, and Tom and theyre on the summit ridge with one more push to go to the summit. Jeroen and myself came back just under Archdeacons. Everyones doing well, were excited to see (…transmission garbled…) just about at the summit. Well call again tomorrow with another update.
May 31, 2010 - Team 4
Paul Koubeck calling in the Alp 4 cybercast. Today we had a rest day at high camp, at 17,200 feet. The group is doing well after sleeping in and eating some 7 grain cereal in the morning. We had a little light activity in the afternoon reinforcing our snow walls and practicing clipping through running protection one more time in preparation for the possibility of an ascent up the Audubon toward the summit tomorrow, if weather permits. Were well positioned, were healthy, and folks seem strong so all we need now is some good weather for us to finish our project with. Thanks for following our cybercast and well keep you updated as things progress. Paul Koubeck signing off for alp 4. Thank you bye.
May 31, 2010 - Team 5
Hi this is Dave Krastch with Ap5,
We actually had a wonderful rest day today. Right now we are having tortellini for dinner. And just about do the (…transmission garbled…) for moving up to 17,200 where our next camp will be. Its a little tricky right now because the weather is not playing a fair hand. We have a bit of a mixed forecast with some high winds and some low winds and nobody really knows whats going on. So were going to wake up tomorrow morning around 5:45 and look out our tent window to see if its blowing. If not, well move up to 17,200, if it is, well take another rest day. The expedition is doing quite well, everyone in the team is doing great and excited for the move tomorrow. Keep us in your prayers and well give you a cybercast tomorrow when we get up to 17,200 at our new camp, high camp. Hope all is well, signing out, Alp 5.
May 30, 2010 - Team 4
Hello friends, family and loved ones Paul Koubek calling in for Alp 4, calling in to say that today we moved from 14 camp up to 17,200. It was a successful move completed in 7 ˝ hours including the traffic jam at Washburns thumb, there was some exciting jockeying for position with other guided groups and it all ended in good spirits with Alp 4 being the first guided team to arrive at 17,200 to snag the last of the wind walls here. We still had to do a fair amount of snow block carving just to put ourselves in good position up here and some of our folks really rallied with the snow block carving, Brett and Robbie particularly come to mind, the whole crew did a great job. So now we are happily ensconced at 17 eating ramen noodles followed by thanksgiving dinner with some stuffing and turkey and cranberry sauce. I am sure that folks will sleep well tonight, it doesnt look like the energy in the morning to go for the summit, it is not on our schedule anyway, tomorrow is an anticipated rest day, the forecast is slowly improving, the storm that folks were worried about has been downgraded so think good, high pressure weather thoughts for us and with some luck we may be on the summit in a few days, if nothing else we are in good position here at 17 camp. Thanks for following our cybercast and we will keep you posted when we know more, cheers. Paul Koubek signing off.
May 30, 2010 - Team 3
This is Don Carpenter with Alp 3, it is May 30th we are sitting in high camp currently, we left high camp around 9:00 am this morning for a summit attempt. We had good favorable summit conditions but clouds and high winds quickly engulfed us as we approached Denali Pass. We turned around at Denali pass and we are back at high camp at noon, things have cleared up a bit to some extent and it sounds like the weather is favorable tomorrow, so we are going to give it another try tomorrow. Everyone is feeling good and we have moved well we are just hoping for a good weather window and we hope that it comes tomorrow, we will keep you updated. Bye.
May 29, 2010 - Team 4
Hello friends, family and loved ones Paul Koubek calling in for Alpine Ascents group 4, cybercasting. Today we a beautiful rest day here at 14 we got a little bit of light snow. Folks slept in, rested, drank water hydrated and got themselves prepared for tomorrows move up to high camp at 17,200 ft. The group is doing well and we are right on schedule. Thanks for following our cybercast, hopefully tomorrow we will call you from high camp, cheers.
May 29, 2010 - Team 3
Hi this is Sarah calling with Alp 3 and we are calling from 17,200. We had a nice rest day here; beautiful, a little bit windy but we are all getting rested and we are hoping to head out towards the summit tomorrow, provided the weather holds, so we will give you a call tomorrow and let you know how it goes. We all feel healthy and strong and we look forward to attempt the summit.
May 29, 2010 - Team 5
Hi this is Dave Kratcsh with Alp 5 we have actually made some excellent progress in the last few days. The last you heard was that we went back down to 10,200 on the Kahiltna Pass area to pickup our cache. The following day we were able to carry that cache up to 13,200 and then moved up to 14,200 yesterday where we made our camp, sitting nice and heavy while we did our back carry today. So right now everyone is in our tents resting, we are hiding from the sun, it feels like it is 80 degrees outside, where this morning it felt like it was around 0 degrees. Everyone is doing quite excellent, tomorrow our plan of action is to carry up the fixed lines and then take a rest day the following day. Right now we are kind of in a holding pattern because the weather looks like it is coming in so thanks everyone for following along and keeping us in your prayers. We will keep in touch with more frequent cybercasts now that we have better signals. So this is Dave Kratsch with Alp 5 signing out.
May 29, 2010 - Team 4
Hello there friends, family and loved ones this is Paul Koubek calling in the Alpine Ascents cybercast for Alp 4. We are still camped at lovely 14,200 ft camp. Today we moved a cache up almost to Washburns Thumb, we stopped a little short of the Thumb do to a traffic jam, there are a bunch of people moving up today. The weather is deteriorating just slightly but still quite good. The team did a great job moving up the fixed lines and everybody put in the cache for the future, came back down and feasted on hamburger. Things look great, we are right on schedule and everybody is climbing strong and seeming fit and in good spirits. So thanks for following our cybercast and more to follow, Paul Koubek signing off for Alpine Ascents group 4.
May 28, 2010 - Team 3
Hello this is Sarah calling from Alp 3, we are comfortably installed at high camp. Everyone is tucked in their sleeping bags with hot drinks and we are heading to bed. We had a good day and we are psyced to be up high. We will call again tomorrow
May 27, 2010 - May 10 Private
Hey everybody this Team Heroes Project calling you from high camp. We had a great day summitting Denali today, it was a pretty interesting day, everyone did really well, they are pretty tuckered out right now. I am starting to brew up some water and make some food. Today threw everything at us, we had high winds, low visibility, sunshine, clouds, back to sunshine, yup it was pretty interesting. The team did really well and we are back at high camp, we will probably start making our way down the hill to 14,000 camp and so on and we will just keep in touch and tell you where we are at so you know when we are getting out. Okay this is Eric Larson signing off.
May 27, 2010 - Alp 4
Hello there friends, family and loved ones this Paul Koubek calling in the cybercast for Alp 4. We are happily camped in beautiful sunny weather at 14,200 ft. Today we back carried, picked up our cache at Windy Corner and then had a little bit of ground school preparing to go up the fixed lines tomorrow, working on our skills. Following that we reinforced our wind walls. Foraker and Hunter remain beautiful in the background through out it all. The team says hello to Alex, Spencer, Barren, Margery, Sofia, to their family, friends and supporters. Georgina has also been a champion dealing with some blisters on her heals, not a complaint despite painful blisters so things continue to go well for us up at 14 camp. Thanks for following our cybercast, we will keep you posted, hopefully tomorrow we will carry a load up the fixed lines and cache somewhere around Washburns Thumb. Cheers, Paul Koubek signing off for Alp 4.
May 27, 2010 - Alp 3
Hello this is Sarah calling from Alp 3 calling from 14,000 ft, we had a great rest day. We are under partly cloudy skies, right now with a favorable forecast so with that we are going to attempt to move up to 17,000 feet tomorrow and hopefully get comfortably installed there, setting us up for a possible summit bid. We will give you a call when we get in to camp tomorrow. All is well, we all feel strong and rested and very full from a big meal tonight, we will talk to you tomorrow.
May 26, 2010 - Alp 4
This is Alp 4 calling in with our daily cybercast, now that we have made it the nation about 14,000 ft. Today we moved from 11,000 to 14,000 to camp, the move went excellently, we had a little bit of wind at Windy Corner as was to be expected but nothing outrageous. Now we have made it to camp, everyone is doing excellent; we had a nice dinner in the posh pit. It is beautiful up here with a wonderful view of Foraker, Hunter and the Chugach range in the distance. The team says hello to family and friends. The team is doing great, they did a good job moving today and thanks for following our cybercast, Paul Koubek signing off for Alp 4.
May 26, 2010 - May 10 Private
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson with Team Heroes Project again, calling you from high camp. We actually had a weather delay today, we are sitting at high camp, waiting for our window, we had post front passage push through last night, it was mostly just the upper mountain; wind disturbance and some convection. The winds are cranking pretty good at 20,000 up high (…transmission garbled…) so we decided to stay in our warm tents today. The forecast is calling for better winds tomorrow but that is just the forecast so we will wake up again in the morning and do the process over and see if it will let us up the mountain. Things are going pretty well, team spirits okay, we are getting pretty low on our fuel and food up here and on the rest of the mountain. I think that this is day 17 for us so we are dwindling pretty quickly, tomorrow is probably our last shot for summit bid so send all the good energy to us and we will be walking up the ridge to the summit soon enough hopefully. We will give you another call and tell you what is going on when we have another chance. Bye.
May 26, 2010 - Alp 3
Hello there this is Sarah calling from Alp 3 and I am calling from 14,000 ft camp. We are relaxing right now after carrying a load up to 16,400, we had a beautiful day , folks had fun on the fixed lines, the view was spectacular today. We are back down in camp, getting ready for dinner. We are camped next to Phil and Pauls group, the next Alpine Ascents group so we are in great company and it is a beautiful day at 14. We will call again during our rest day
May 26, 2010 - Alp 5
Hi everybody this Dave Kratsch with Alp 6 on Denali, yesterday we moved past 10,000 ft, Kahiltna Pass is and carried up to 11,000 ft where our camp III is. Right now we are in the process of back carrying back down to Kahiltna Pass, picking up our cache and for the rest of the afternoon we will move back to camp. Tomorrow we will push up to Windy Corner and make a cache there and consider all things and maybe have a rest day after that, we will check in with everyone and see how they are doing. Everybody is doing excellent, all of the team members are sitting there chatting away, eating and drinking and doing wonderful on a beautiful partly cloudy day, looking down Kahiltna Pass and the Kahiltna Glacier all the way out to Talkeetna. Keep us in your prayers and we are going to continue this expedition, hopefully the weather works out for us. It has been beautiful the last couple of days so hopefully we can keep this high pressure system. This is Dave Kratsch with Alp 5 signing off.
May 25, 2010 - Alp 3
Hello this is Sarah calling with Alp 4 today, myself, Don, Knut, Froydis, Jeroen and Tom went down to 13,500 where our cache was, grabbed our cache and brought it up to 14,000. We are all settled in at 14,000, we fortified our wind walls today, we talked about fixed line ascension and we sorted food. We are hoping to do a carry tomorrow and then enjoy some time off after that, take a day off. We are all feeling strong, everyone is feeling healthy and we are still having fun together. We are getting ready to eat some hamburgers and enjoy some chocolate pudding so we are doing great, bye.
May 25, 2010 - May 10 Private
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson and the Heroes Project calling you from high camp Tuesday the 25th. We carried and moved yesterday up to high camp and it was a pretty long day, probably about 8 hours but everyone pulled in just fine pretty tuckered out and tired from a long day of carrying a heavy pack but they did fine. Today we are resting with pretty good weather today with light wind a slight overcast and we are hoping for the same tomorrow. The forecast is calling for light winds so maybe we can get a good summit push in tomorrow and get some views up there. The team is doing really well; Matt is feeling strong, Tim is doing great and Ed wants to give a message that his satellite phone doesnt work, so he will call when he gets down. Everybody else is doing fine; we will call you back later, tomorrow, from the summit.
May 25, 2010 - Alp 4
Hello friends and loved ones, faithful watchers this is Paul Koubek cybercasting for Alp 4, yes that is right we are back on the radar, call you from windy corner, where there is not even a breeze today, sadly enough. It is a beautiful clear day at windy corner and we have got some shout outs to Beatrice (from Rob and Chris) and to Marie (from Brett). Thanks very much for watching. We anticipate making it up to 14 camp tomorrow if the weather continues to cooperate with us. Continue to follow the lovely follies of Alp 4 as we work our way up Denali.
May 25, 2010 - Alp 1
Hey folks this is Suzanne with Team 1 on Denali and we came down from our summit this weekend. We took about two days to get down to base camp and were able to fly out on Monday morning. So we are all well and we are heading back to Anchorage and we are looking forward to seeing you soon. Thanks for all of your help and support, thanks for listening.
May 24, 2010 - Alp 3
Hello this is Sarah calling from Alp 3, I am calling from our camp at 14,000 ft. We are all comfortably installed, folks are relaxing in there tents. We are about to have some hot drinks and some lentil soup before we delve into dinner. We had a good move up to 14 camp, everyone did great, feeling strong, we are all feeling a little tired but it was a long day but we are having fun, we are excited to be here in tomorrow was a nice mellow day. All is well and we will call again tomorrow.
May 23, 2010 - May 10 Private
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson calling you on the 23rd of May. (…transmission garbled…) Hopefully we will move up tomorrow and get that weather window on Wednesday for the summit bid. The team is doing really well and they are just enjoying the sunshine, it just warmed up here and they are happier now. Everyone is doing well and we will hopefully move to high camp tomorrow, we will call you back when we get more information. Bye.
May 23, 2010 - Alp 3
Hello this is Sarah with Alp 3, greetings from 13,500, here at our cache site. We had a rest day yesterday as the wind was fairly strong. Today we carried a load up to 13,500, we all feel strong, we moved very efficiently. We are having a great time and working really well as a team and tomorrow, weather permitting, we are going to try to move up to 14,000 camp. All is well, we send big hellos to our friends and family and loved ones and we will call again tomorrow, bye.
May 22, 2010 - May 10 Private
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson with Alpine Ascents and the Heroes Project, it is Saturday the 22nd and I am call you 14,000 camp. We had a great day yesterday carrying a cache up to 16,400, the team did really well. Today we are just relaxing in partly cloudy skies, here at 14,000 and having a rest day. The plan for tomorrow is to hopefully move up to high camp and hopefully get ready to acclimatize for our summit bid. We have had some great weather and hopefully it stretches on a little longer. They are calling for high winds the next couple of days so we will play that one by ear. We will give you a call tomorrow and tell you where we are, either high camp or hanging touch at 14,000, until then, we will sign off now and say good night, bye.
May 22, 2010 - Alp 2
Hi this is Mike Abbey Alp 2, today is May 22nd we are just at 10,000 ft below Kahiltna Pass on our way down. We had one of the members of our team unfortunately a couple of days ago having some problems with altitude so decided to move down to 14,000 camp yesterday and we are headed out to the base camp tonight. With any luck we will have some good weather coming in and be able to get a flight out tomorrow. Everybody is doing just fine and we are on our way out. Alp 2 out.
May 22, 2010 - Alp 2
Hey everyone this is Suzanne with team 1 on Denali, it is Saturday morning, we just slept in a little bit, everybody made it to the summit yesterday in some pretty nice weather. It was a little windy in the morning when we set for about the first half of our climb but then in the second half it calmed down a little bit, beautiful views, nice and clear and everybody stood on the summit at about 8:30 in the evening. We made it down with a couple of other groups that were up there as well and now we are going to be headed back down to Talkeetna as soon as we can. So we will be talking to you soon. Thanks for listening.
May 21, 2010 - Alp 2
Hi this is Mike Abbey with the cybercast for May 21st this is the 14th day of our expedition. We came back down to 14,000 ft camp today, one of our team members was having some issues with altitude so we came down to here, we are going to spend the night down here and rest again and we will be back in touch tomorrow. Alp 2 out.
May 21, 2010 - Alp 3
This is Don Carpenter with Alp 3, it is Friday May 21st. We have just walked down hill to pickup our cache at 10,000 ft we spent the night last night at 11,200. Everyone is feeling well and rested. We have had beautiful weather, calm and relatively warm, we will be at 11,200 for three more nights and we have spotty cell phone coverage there so we will do our best to get our the cybercasts and maybe a cybercast from our carry to 13,500. Everyone is doing well and we are having a great time and we will be at 11,200 for a few more nights. Hello to everyone, cheers.
May 20, 2010 - May 10 Private
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson with team 3 the heroes project, it is Thursday the 20th and we are sitting pretty at 14 camp here on Denali. We have had pretty good weather, we had about 6 inches of snow last night and the sun came back out so it had been a pretty sunny day. Yesterday we did a back carry to our cache at 13,400 to establish ourselves completely at 14 camp here. Today we took a rest day to help acclimatize a little more, we did fixed line practice and just walked to the edge of the world to check out the views. Everyone is doing pretty good a little bit of headaches and a little bit of nausea from the altitude so people are adjusting slowly but I think that hopefully they will pop out of it and start feeling a little better. Our thoughts are to possibly carry a load up the fixed lines tomorrow and the next day take a day off so if it works out we should be on track for a successful summit. That would give us about three days to get off the mountain after that so give us a little more time to get off the hill. All and all everything is going really well and hopefully this weather window will hold for us and we can get to high camp, until then we will give you an update tomorrow and tell you how the fixed lines went. This is Eric Larson signing off, bye.
May 20, 2010 - Alp 2
Hi this is Mike Abbey with Alp 2 this is May 20th, day 13 of our expedition we are at 17,000 ft camp, high camp for Denali. We moved up yesterday, we didnt do a cybercasts because we had a pretty full day; from 14 camp we picked up our cache on the way and when we moved into 17,000 there are not a lot of people here so we had to dig walls and everything else which was good. There was a big squall last night and it dumped about a foot of snow but now it is all cleared up, we have got a nice sunny day, can see as far as you can see. Our plan is to climb tomorrow, there are some things that we might need to take into account, there might be some weather moving in and we also want to make sure that we are acclimatized so we will wait and see what happens tomorrow. We will keep you posted, Alp 2 out.
May 20, 2010 - Alp 1
Hey everybody this is Suzanne with Team 1 on Denali, we are up on 17,000 ft camp taking a rest day. It is beautiful right now, it is kind of calm here at camp, it was pretty windy last night, a little bit of snow came through but it calmed down this morning. There is still a little bit of spin drift coming off the ridges above us but the forecast for things to settle down a little bit tonight and tomorrow. The forecast does look good for tomorrows summit bid, we are going to get a bid in, we wont be able to get a cybercast in on our summit until after the offices closes so you wont know if we made it until Monday. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers and thanks for listening.
May 19, 2010 - Alp 4
Hey this is Paul Koubek calling in with Alp 4 today went exceptionally well everything that needed to happen did so we are either on time or slightly ahead of time. It is now 2:30 PM Talkeetna time and we are a half an hour out from flying in to the Kahiltna glacier. The group seems great, everybody is doing a great job of getting all of their details taken care of on time and it looks like a beautiful day for flying. We will be out of range of cybercast until we hit 11 camp or possibly 14 camp depending on the telecoms at that point. So we look forward to spending a few days below the radar as it were and popping up at 14,000 with more great news for all of our friends and family watching the cybercast. Please stay tuned and thanks very much, looking forward to talking to you again, talk to you from 14,000.
May 19, 2010 - Alp 3
Hi this is Sarah with Alp 3 and Tom, Jeroen, Froydis, Knut, Don and myself are all doing great. We are calling from 10,000 feet, we have made a carry today, the weather is beautiful. We are planning on moving to 11,000 feet tomorrow and we will call you then. All is well, we are healthy and happy and feeling strong.
May 19, 2010 - Alp 1
Hey folks this is Suzanne with Team 1 on Denali, we are up here at 17,000 ft camp. We came up yesterday, we moved up from 14,000, a little bit of wind beautiful views as we headed up that ridge. We got up kind of late so we slept in this morning. We are about to head off right now and go back and get our cache down along the ridge so we will have more views of the Alaska range. Tomorrow we are going to take a rest day, take it easy here, enjoy the views and enjoy the weather, eat some good food and get ready for a summit attempt later this week. Hope that everyone is well at home, thanks for listening.
May 19, 2010 - May 10 Private
Hi this is Dan Starr calling with Alpine Ascents and the Heroes Project. It is noon on Wednesday, May 19th and I am calling in from camp at 14,200 feet, we arrived here last night. We have had three days of beautiful weather and moved up from 11,000 ft yesterday. We are getting ready to go back down to the cache site at 13,500 to pickup some extra fuel and food that we cached the day before. We are all really psyched to be here it is a beautiful day here today, we have had a couple of really nice days weather after kind of a stormy start, lots of snow and wind and clouds down on the lower mountain. I guess that is about all the news I have we are just acclimating, drinking lots of water and getting used to the higher altitude here at 14,000 ft. So are plan is to back carry and then start moving up in a couple of days again, that is all I have got for now, out.
May 18, 2010 - Team 2
Hey this is Mike Abbey and Alp 2, it is May 18th this is day 11 for us on the mountain. We just had a rest day at 14,000 ft camp; we enjoyed a pancake breakfast and a nice sunny day and took a walk to the edge of the world. The weather had been really nice, we were able to dry everything out today, even spend a little time outside with our shirts off, that is how nice it was in the sun. We are planning on moving up tomorrow to high camp. We got our cache in at 16,500 yesterday so we are well rested and we will move on up the fixed lines tomorrow. We will call from high camp tomorrow, Alp 2 out.
May 17, 2010 - Team 1
Hi this is Suzanne with Team I on Denali, we are at 14,000 ft camp and today we went up and cached up at the top of the fixed lines. It is a beautiful day up here again we have had really nice weather the last couple of days to make up for all the crappy weather that we had at the beginning and so we are just enjoying a little evening sunshine with our dinner. Tomorrow as long as the weather is good and everyone is feeling rested we are going to try to move up to 17,000 camp. Hope that everyone is doing well, thanks for listening.
May 17, 2010 - Team 2
Hi this is Alp 2 it is day ten for us here, we are at 14,000ft camp. We carried up and put a cache in just above the fixed line today just over 16,000 ft, everyone is feeling strong. We will wait on the weather forecast at 8:00 to see what we are planning tomorrow, seems like we might have some high pressure moving in so we will be in touch again tomorrow, Alp 2 out.
May 17, 2010 - May 10 Private
Hey everybody this is Eric Larson calling you from the cache site at 13,400, beautiful day coming around Windy Corning. We are working with the Heroes Project, it is a program, working with wounded Veterans with disabilities and we are actually climbing with Matt who has a under the knee amputation and he is climbing Denali, he is doing really well. Tim is in charge of the program and he is doing pretty good too and Ed the camera guy is feeling fine too so we are all doing well, hopefully if we get a good weather window we will push up to 14,000 soon. We will give you a little more insight on the heroes project and how everyone is doing when we pull into 14,000 until then stay tuned to our cybercasts, okay we will give you a call back later.
May 16, 2010 - May 10 Private
Hey this is Dan Starr calling from the cache site at 10,000 ft on Denali. It is 12:30 on Sunday on May 16th and we are moving our last load to fully establish ourselves at camp II at 11,200 ft. Everybody is doing well and are plan is to do a forward carry tomorrow up to the cache site at 13,500 feet around Windy Corner come back down, spend the night at camp II again tomorrow. Then hopefully take a rest day Tuesday and then head up to camp III on Tuesday or Wednesday. So that is all that I have for now, over and out.
May 16, 2010 - Team 1
Hey everybody this is Team 1 on Denali, we are at 14,000 ft camp. We moved up yesterday in a horrible windstorm, probably in gusts up to 60 mph around Windy Corner. (…transmission garbled…) it was a challenge getting up here but we arrived in one piece. Then today was actually a much nicer day and we went down and got our cache. Tomorrow we are taking a rest day up here, a well deserved rest day, we have worked pretty hard the last couple of days with the move and the weather. Then we will see what happens from there, thanks for listening everybody.
May 16, 2010 - Team 2
Hi this is Mike Abbey, this is the cybercast for Sunday May 16th this is day 9 for us on the mountain. We are at 14,200 ft camp, we got here last night, rolled in a little bit late, waited for the wind to die down and ended up going around windy corner in calm weather, nice and sunny. It was a great day, we got everything moved up. Today we slept in, we are going to have some French toast and at our leisure we will go down and pick up our cache at 13,500. It is sunny out right now, there are clouds down low, high winds up high, luckily we dont really have to go anywhere today and we are going to enjoy our rest day. Possibly carry up high tomorrow, we will see what happens then, we will touch base again tomorrow, Alp 2 out.
May 14, 2010 - Team 2
Hi this is Mike Abbey with Alp 2, this is day 7. John and Mike and I are at about 13,800, we put in a cache up here, just by Windy Corner up close to the 14,000 ft camp. It is pretty windy up here, we are going to head back down to camp 3 at 11,000. Possibly moving up to camp 14,000 tomorrow, we will decide that in the morning. Alp 2 out.
May 13, 2010 - Team 1
Hey everybody this is Suzanne with Team I on Denali. We are up at our cache site right now 13,800 feet, we are just stashing some of our extra gear. We are going to go back down to 11,000 ft tonight and hopefully move up to 14,000 ft camp tomorrow. The forecast is for high winds at the summit, we dont know what that will mean below, we may have to take another weather day or we may get to move up. We will see tomorrow, so if you dont hear from us for a couple of days we are just hanging tight at 11,000 and we will talk to you soon.
May 13, 2010 - Team 2
Hi this is Mike, Mike and John with Alp 2, we are at our cache site (…transmission break…) big trip down here, luckily it was all down hill with empty packs, it might be a little work getting back up to camp but we have only got a thousand feet to go and these guys are strong. This is day five of our expedition, we are settled in at camp 3: 7,200 ft. (…transmission break…) so we have got some big walls that are towering over our tents. We have also caught up with Suzanne and Alp 1, we are sharing a cook tent and that is quite a luxury and everybody is in good spirits. We will try to call again when we are up at 14,000 camp or when we put a cache up at 13,000 in a couple of days. Alp 2 out.
May 12, 2010 - Team 2
Hi this is Mike Abbey with Alp 2, it is myself, Mike Kosel, John Gillett, Wednesday, May the 12th. We are at 10,200 feet at our cache site, we will be moving up to 11,000 ft camp today. We got a cache in yesterday thanks to a very well wandered route even though visibility is really bad, we were able to get up here safely and get back down to 7,800 ft camp. The team is climbing strong, we will be able to back carry tomorrow, get this cache up and be established at 11,000 ft camp. Then we will slow down, take a rest day possibly, see how we are feeling, start to acclimatize. Everyone is in good spirits, we have been moving pretty quick and very efficiently with just a team of three so hopefully that will keep up. Everyone is doing well and we will try to put out another cybercast tomorrow when we come down to pick up our cache. Alp 2 out.
May 12, 2010 - Team 1
Hey everybody this is Team 1 on Denali. We got stormed in a little bit yesterday, had a nice rest day up at 11,000. Today it has lightened up a little bit so we are down here at our cache, picking up our food and extra supplies, it is blowing and snowing a little bit down here but not so bad, we are enjoying the Alaska weather. We havent been able to get reception at 11,000 camp so we may or may not call in the next day or two but everyone is doing great and thank you guys for listening.
May 11, 2010 - Team 2
Update from the office: Team 2 flew onto the glacier on time (May 8) and have begun their expedition.
May 9, 2010 - Team 1
Hi everyone this is Suzanne with Team I up here on Denali. We have got Martha, we have got John and we have got Paul, we are all up here. We did a carry up to 9,800 feet to make a cache, we have just finished digging our cache, we are going to burry some things. We are going to head back down to our camp I and have a nice dinner of macaroni and cheese tonight. We have had nice weather coming in, we have had two beautiful days getting up to camp I and today there are some clouds moving in, a little light snow; it is cold up here, it is early May but it is beautiful. Everybody is really strong and doing well. The team wants to say happy Mothers Day to everybody back home and hope that everyone is doing great, we will talk to you soon.
May 7, 2010 - Team 1
Team 1 was able to fly onto the glacier yesterday evening, to begin their climb.
May 6, 2010 - Team 1
Team 1 is still in Talkeetna waiting for a weather window to fly to the mountain. Stay tuned for further updates.
May 5, 2010 - Team 1
Hi everybody, this is Suzanne with Team 1 on Denali. Just checking in to let you know that everybody arrived in Talkeetna with all of their bags, and we're excited to kick off the season here in Alaska tomorrow. We just had a really nice dinner at Fireweed Station B&B, and will get started tomorrow morning with gear check, then fly on to the glacier in the afternoon, weather permitting. We won't be able to get out a cybercast until we get higher on the mountain, but we'll check in as soon as we can. Thanks for tuning in!
Team 2 (departing 5/8/10)
Guide: Mike Abbey
Private Climb (departing 5/10/10)
Guides: Eric Larson, Dan Starr
Team 3 (departing 5/16/10)
Guides: Don and Sarah Carpenter
Knut Rune Saltnes
Thomas Keller Seiler
Team 4 (departing 5/19/10)
Guides: Paul Koubek, Phil Marino
Team 5 (departing 5/22/10)
Guides: David Kratsch, Matt Emht
Team 6 (departing 5/30/10)
Guides: Jon Spitzer, Rachel Greenberg
Team 7 (departing 6/2/10)
Guides: Stuart Robertson, Seth Timpano
Team 8 (departing 6/5/10)
Guides: Brien Sheedy, Lauren Ditolla
Team 9 (departing 6/13/10)
Guides: Vern Tejas, Ben Jones
Team 10 (departing 6/16/10)
Guides: Paul Koubek, Eitan Green
Team 11 (departing 6/19/10)
Guides: Aj Linnell, Erica Lorenzen
Team 12 (departing 6/22/10)
Guides: John Thomson, Matt Ehmt
Team 13 (departing 6/25/10)
Guides: Phil Marino, Johnny Rutkowski