David, Brian, and Joe through a blog post.
We're here on the Tarmac of Talkeetna--we're back in town! Quite stoked. It
was not for sure we'd be able to fly out.
This is David, Brian and Joe. We've got a few
folks with us so it's really Team AlpineAscent's Teams 14,13, and 12--The
Caboose on the Loose.
Yesterday was a wild day for us, a very long
day. We made it to Base Camp. Last night we left around 9 o'clock at night.
Packed up with a big load of sleds we went down the mountain to 11,000. We got
our cache then when we got into--it was a semi cloudy really cool sunset and
then we continued from there so all night basically from 11 to Base Camp we
were in pea soup, so in the thick of the fog--down to 78 Camp kind of going
back through time to some of the places we'd been to a few weeks ago. When we
got to 78 we rearranged and we were underneath the clouds. At this time it was
snowing. The last leg 78 to base camp was pretty nice really. The glacier was
in good condition...We crossed many bridges but they were all very solid.
It was snowing so when we got up to Base Camp there were no flights... We set
up our cook tent had a meal and went to sleep.
The excitement came when all of a sudden right
at the edge of when TAT our flight service closes, we saw a hole in the sky,
called them, and boom! they came in. Spiraled in the hole and came down. That
was really cool. The folks that were ahead of us, we helped them move into the
planes and they all flew out.
At this point, it's the next day; our camp is
still set up. We're going to have a nice pancake breakfast...That's the story
in a nutshell. We have some visibility at this point, but flights are not able
to fly in quite yet. We're pretty confident they'll come in before Monday.
Hopefully they'll come in today--Saturday. We'll see what happens.
We're on standby. We're still here on the glacier...Ready to rock n roll.
Ready to go home.
Team 12 – Snow Conditions Have Stabilized For
Team 13 Diverges, Some Merging with Team 14 to Await Improved Snow Conditions,
Team 12 Runs Out of Weather Days, Making Plans
to Descend When Conditions Improve
Team 13, Waiting For Snowpack to Settle, Making Plans For the Coming Days
Team 12, Experiencing Groundhog Day Conditions, Still Doing Well, Still
Waiting for Weather to Clear to Head Up
Team 14, French Toast, Shoveling Snow, Team Bonding and Podcasts
Team 12 Still Waiting for Weather Window to Move Up, Enjoying Pancakes and
Team 13 In High Spirits, Despite An Unscheduled Rest Day Due To Snow
Team 14 Hunkered Down at 14, Currently All Teams on Denali Are Gathered at
Winds Kept Team 12 At 14,000 Feet, Where They
Spent Some Time Building Igloos While Awaiting Calmer Weather
Team 13 Began The Day With Music And Pancakes,
Then Built Storm Walls In Preparation For The Incoming Weather
July 5: After 5 Days of internet interruption
due to major power outages across Middle and Eastern US, EverestNews is happy
to catch up with the Alpine Ascent Teams in their expeditions:
Team 11 “First World Problems” back in Talkeetna safely!
Posted on July 5, 2012
We flew out from Denali basecamp today after a great night’s rest at around
2:30pm and landed safely in Talkeetna finishing the trip!
We woke today, Independence day, with partly cloudy skies, and a little snow,
but after some clouds parting and with the expertise of the pilots at
Talkeetna Air Taxi we were able to fly out of basecamp. After helping to stomp
out the runway on the Kahiltna glacier with our snowshoes, and the pilots
doing a few take off’s and landings the runway was ready to go, and we were
ready for the planes to come in and bring us to civilization! We were lucky,
and the clouds and fog lifted and the "Otter" came in and landed with no
problem. We helped pack up our gear and loaded ourselves on the plane and soon
took off after some fog lifted.
We had a great lunch in Talkeetna at the "West Rib" and headed back to the the
Alpine Ascents basecamp to sort gear and finish the trip.
Everyone did a great job on the expedition and we appreciate all their hard
work to get to the summit or their highest point!
Here are a few pictures from the expedition. Thanks for following along.
Come join us next year on Denali!
Honey Badgers Settled In At 14,200 Foot Camp, After An Amazing
Day Back Carrying And Plans To Cache Tomorrow
Eating Cheesecake At 14,200 Feet, Team 12 Waiting Out The Winds And Hoping To
Head To High Camp Tomorrow
Team 14 Enjoying A Rest Day In The Sun, After Caching To 13,500 Through Windy
Hi this is Ben and Eric. Our new name for Team 11 is Mo Money, Mo Problems.
[Or he said Mo Money, No Problems.]
We're doing well here. We're at 14,200 ft still. A little snow today, a little
cloudy, not much wind. We were able to climb up to about 15,200 ft or so and
put a cache of food and fuel up there that we're going to carry up for our
summit bid. We had a lot of snow falling...we turned around. Everybody is
doing well. feeling good. Had some fantastic pizza and pudding. Now we're all
in bed. Tomorrow we'll see what the weather brings us and hopefully push our
cache up to the top of the fix lines on the west buttress proper. We're all
doing well; we're still doing good on time. Looks like the weather is going to
clear in the next couple of days and we're going to get a good chance
[garbled] and up to the summit.
This is Ben Jones, Expedition Leader for Team 11: Silence Means Yes
We're doing great here at the 11,200ft camp. We decided to take a rest day
today and enjoy getting some extra sleep, food, and water. We're getting
hydtrated for our big move up to the 14,000 foot camp. Everybody is doing
really well. Most of the day we spent having a nice long breakfast in the
morning. We had french toast and lots of coffee and just hanging out most of
the morning, afternoon and evening. Everybody is in bed now getting ready to
get up tomorrow early and move upt to the 14,000 foot camp tomorrow.
One quick personal message: Brian wanted to tell his family he loves them and
to tell his mom he's doing great. He wanted to tell Baby Laura he loves her.
Everybody else says hello too back to their families. We're having a good
time. We're having great weather.
Transmission breaks up..
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