Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Another upper mountain update, Tork, Postle, Melis

Tom Torkelson called in a bit ago. He said the weather was good at 14,200' but the visability wasn't all that good (probably some clouds were floating around them). He was pretty certain that his whole crew was going to head up to high camp in the morning. This move day from 14 to 17 is a hard day. I bet it takes them somewhere between 9 and 12 hours. He said they will take a rest day the following day and go for the summit on Friday. This is all depending on the weather of course. So take this plan with a grain of salt. Tom's group took a hike up to 15,600 feet on the upper rib today for a little acclimatizing.

Anja, a climber from Jared VIlhauer's West Buttress expedition, joined Tom's group. The rest of Jared's group headed down several days ago. Anja is a strong addition to the crew. Anja has climbed the direct Polish Glacier on Aconcagua with Tom this past winter.

Tom handed the phone off to AMS Guide Mark Postle, so I talked to him as well. They are all doing well. They rolled into 14 today I believe, and are planning on back-carrying tomorrow and then front-carrying to the 16 ridge the following day, then rest and then move if all goes well.

Postle said he had been hanging with Melis' team down at 11K and said she and her crew looked and felt great and, weather depending of course, they were planning on heading up to 14 tomorrow.

The June 12 Denali West Buttress departure with guide, Christian March just got word from our air service , Talkeetna Air Taxi, that they were not going to be able to get them in to the Kahiltna glacier tonight, so they are on hold until tomorrow. They were hanging out doing classes aroud the shop all afternoon.

That also means that Greg and Sams group did not make it out of the mountains and will be back to Talkeetna at the earliest tomorrow morning if the weather cooperates and there are not too many people ahead of them in line to get out.

And that's it.

Toodaloo, Rob

I have no photos to post, I'm on someone elses computer, sorry.

1 comment:

Carrie said...

Greetings to cousin Mike Bellamy (stuck in Talkeetna still?). Happy Climbing!!!