Saturday, June 16, 2007
May 29 Denali Summit!!!!
A summit photo from back in the day. For the last several years our Denali climbs are capped at
Tork called in this morning from High camp.
His entire crew summitted yesterday in perfect weather. To all their friends, you can look forward to some shaweet photos. The views from the summit ridge are glorious.
They went up in 9 1/2 hours and down in 3 1/2 hours for a total summit day of 13 hours. That's a pretty normal summit time. Tork said everyone did awesome yesterday and are still strong.
I just talked to him a little while ago and they were packing up camp and getting ready to head down to 14K.
Mark Postle, the AMS lead guide right behind Tom is heading up to high camp as we speak. Tom and Mark's teams are doing the, elusive, often talked about but rarely done..."14, 17 tent swap.
This means that neither group has to carry the weight of tents up or down for that move. This makes a big difference.
I'm not sure what Mark's plans are as I did not talk directly to him, but I imagine they will take a rest day at high camp. They are in no hurry.
Tom plans on hanging out in 14 until tonight, when it gets colder and heading out latter. Their plans are to make it down and out for tomorrow, but he said since they still have extra time they might just take their time coming down and shoot for flying back to Talkeetna on Monday.