Greg Collins and the Upper West Rib team just called in and said they are at the top of the rocks at 18,200' on the West Rib, they are on their way to the Summit as I type. During the phone call they were hooting and hollering in the back ground - so all sounded well! GOOD LUCK!!!!!
To clarify our previous posts about these guys: They had talked about changing plans and going for the West Buttress when the snow conditions were not optimal on the Rib, but since then the snow has become nice for climbing on the Upper Rib so they are on their way up now and very happy to be doing so. Things change constantly in the mountains, we just have to go with the flow and do our best to keep you informed, sorry for any confusion. Stay tuned for more on these guys!
The May 22 Denali Departure with guide Jared Vilhauer and his crew came out this morning they had a good experience and a lot of fun with all of their time spent at the 14,200' camp. There was tons of nasty weather up high so they stayed put, making a smart safety choice.
Jared reported to us that the May 29 Denali Departure with guide Tom Torkelson (aka "Tork") and team did arrive at 14K on June 8th. The weather is nice up there today. I have not talked to Tork yet, but we hope to soon.