Melis in Patagonia. She may not look
hardcore here, but looks can be deceiving.
Melis and the crew made it to just above 19,000 feet yesterday. They were turned around by high winds. The upper mountain is definitely not a place you want to be stuck out in high winds. Melis and Forrest made a good decision to turn around yesterday for sure. That's just one of the many things that the guides are there to do. These are the storms that, quite often, private less experienced groups do not turn around and they end up in trouble and the guide services end up aiding in a rescue of sorts. Happens all the time.
All of our guides are solid! And we feel fortunate that we don't even have to worry about them up there, because they consistently make good decisions.
She left a message last night saying that, they were safe in camp and "snug as a bug". I don't think it is super good wx today. so they may be waiting it out for a bit longer.
Melis is determined, to say the least! As it stands right now, their trip is scheduled to fly out from base camp in a couple of days. It sounds like Melis is going to stay up at high camp with Rob and John and just wait it out. Forrest is going to come down with the rest of the crew and start making their way back to base camp. They have been up at high camp for a long time now, certainly over a week. Not every guide is able to extend their schedule and stay up on the mountain longer, and to tell you the truth not many guides are willing to spend all the extra days at high camp.
A guide from another company passed Nate and Joey's crew 2 nights ago when they were half way to the base of ski hill. That means that they have probably carried to the top of Ski Hill somewhere by now.