Friday, June 13, 2008
Leighan Falley, as seen in Rock and Ice.
Mike and Leighan called in from 14 again tonight. They are doing great and are really excited about the team that they have. They took another rest day and are planning on moving to high camp tomorrow. McCullough left them a few things in a cache up on the 16 ridge and they were calling in to get the specifics of the cache as well as to have some messages relayed. Any expedition is psyched to have things cached from other teams higher up on the mountain, so they can move that much lighter. As long as the caches are accurately inventoried they work out super well.
Here are the messages:
Paul: Enjoying an incredible adventure, love and miss you, peace.
Tom: Feeling good, thinking of you often, Lulu. P.S. Need the key to the house, give the girls a kiss.
Dear Tom, Brooke, Andrew and Dad, Think of you and miss you all terribly, all my love, John/Dad.
Hey my Trisha, I'm feeling strong, though it's a tough and very cold mountain to climb. I miss you and your warm bed everyday, can't wait to see my baby again, yours, Carsten.
And, Happy Father's Day, from them and everyone else on the mountain.
Scott, on the Summit of Everest.
Kirby Senden's and Scott Woolums' crew, are heading for the summit today. I was at base camp last night and today, and it looked gnarley up high this morning. As I was getting on the Otter to head back to town, I thought for sure that they would all be sitting it out again today at High Camp. Leighan said it was super hot though right now. The winds started to die down late morning/early afternoon. Good job and good luck Kirby, Nate, Scott and everyone on their teams.
The Kahiltna Dome crew arrived back at base camp this morning at about 6:00 or 7:00 AM. They ran into avalanche danger trying to access the N. Ridge of Kahiltna Dome. They tried to get onto it a couple different ways. They were hanging in camp chillin when I left. They are planning on heading up Control Tower Peak tonight. Control Tower is a really fun climb with some steep snow climbing and some interesting ridge climbing. They are planning on flying out tomorrow if the weather lets them.