Team Boken Annainin Caches at
June 23, 2005
Hi this is Winslow calling in for Team Boken Annainin. That means Adventure
Group, So we’re on an adventure, we’re here at 9,600 feet, dropping off a load
of food and fuel and burying it in the snow and then we will return back down
to our camp, spend the night at about 7,400 feet. Our plan tomorrow is to move
up to 11, and the next day we will come back and get this food. It’s about
11:00pm, it’s a good time to travel when the sun is behind the ridge and the
snow is getting firm, so it makes it pretty easy walking. Everybody is doing
great and having a good time and the Japanese are even enjoying French toast
and syrup this morning with some bacon, a good American breakfast. Okay ciao
for now we’ll talk to you tomorrow.
Walking Heads Moving to Camp
June 23, 2005
Hi this is Molly calling from Team Walking Heads calling in on June 23rd, and
it’s a beautiful sunny morning. After a night of light snowfall we are making
our way up to Camp 2, at 11,200, where we are going to spend the next three or
four nights and looks like were making good time. Lots of other groups are
moving up the mountain with us, taking advantage of the good weather. That’s
about it, everyone is doing well, staying strong and healthy and we’ll check
back in with you soon.
Returns to High Camp
June 23, 2005
Hey folks this is Eric Murphy calling in for Team Censored Enlightenment. Well
we’re back at high camp just after a successful summit bid and everyone is
safe and doing well and we’re going to hit the hay, it’s 2 in the morning.
We’ll keep you posted on our descent from the mountain, over and out.
Team Extreme Retrieves Cache
at Windy Corner June 22, 2005
Hello there cybernauts this is Vern Tejas calling in for Team Extreme…(sounds
of a brief struggle) Hi this is Smiley from Team Ex, we’ve taken over
cybercasting from Vern because they have been reported to be too short, simple
and concise. Team Ex woke to blueberry pancakes this morning being tossed
through the air, landing skillfully in small bowls. After finishing a
breakfast large enough to feed a small army, of which Jim was once again
taking anchor spot on the eating squad, the team moved out to Windy Corner
with four on one rope team, three on the other. The weather was hot and
steamy. Upon reaching our cache the group watched as Vern and Brennan
skillfully removed our hidden treasure of food, fuel and stashed items. John
took more than his fair share as we headed back to camp in a cloud. Once back
at camp, the team was roped together to run circles around the camp and learn
a few magic tricks to be used higher on the mountain. After a few moments of
quiet time all are back in the cook tent to enjoy another fortifying meal
which has been anointed with the power to get us to the summit. Team Ex will
continue to hold the phone. We hope all is well with all of our family and
friends and send love to everybody.
Summits! June 22, 2005
Greetings cyberworld, this is Eric Murphy calling in for Censored
Enlightenment from the Top of North America! That’s right folks it’s Wednesday
evening about 9:00, we have a beautiful day up here , very calm about 5mph
wind, it’s quite warm and we are above the clouds, we can see Hunter, we can
see Foraker, and with me is John Sloan, and Sam Plati. So congratulations to
them for a successful summit. And I’d also like to put our thoughts out there
to the rest of Team Censored Enlightenment, Chad and Jessica who went out with
my co-guide Mark, yesterday and Nate and Maria who weren’t able to join us on
the upper mountain. You guys are in our thoughts and we’re having a great day
up here. We’re looking at a nice safe descent from here in a while and we’ll
give you a quick buzz from 17 camp to let you know that we are safe. Looking
to be heading down the mountain and arriving in Talkeetna in a day or two that
would probably be Friday or Saturday, depending on weather and conditions. So
thanks to friends and family and everyone out there following the cybercast
and this is Enrique from the top of North America, signing out.
Team #12 Chooses Name, Waits
to Fly. June 22, 2005
Hi this is Winslow with Alpine Ascents group #12, our team name is Bouken
Annainin, we’re with the Japanese group and the name means “Adventure Group”
We are sitting here at Talkeetna Air Taxi getting ready to hop on the plane,
load up and fly out to base camp. We’re unclear whether we will move this
evening, if the weather is good. If it is snowing we will camp out and wait
until tomorrow evening to move up to Camp I at 7,800 feet. It’s going to be a
few days before you hear from us again, we have to get up to 10,000 feet
before we’ll have cell reception again and that should be within the next two
or three days. So we look forward to sending out a message then.
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