Photo of a couple "camp sites" at high camp with Denali Pass in the back ground. It usually takes a group 2-3 hours to get from camp to the top of the pass.
Colby called in from the summit last night. I guess this means that Henrik has the new record. And I guess it also means that Colby and Josh are mutants. Henrik showed up acclimatized and Colby and Josh were off the couch acclimated to 349 feet. I've heard people ask Colby before, "how do you do it, or I never see you train." He says it's muscle memory. Another 6 day guided Denali trip under Colby and Josh's belt. They summitted last night around 11:00 PM. Colby said it was a beautiful night and they were looking forward to a nice casual descent.
Postle also called in from high camp last night. So much for the idea that Colby would be there waiting for Mark's crew with hot drinks. He would have been if he wasn't going for the top. Mark said he'd be waiting for Colby so he could brew up for him, or he'd at least keep an eye out for him at Denali Pass.
Mark wasn't sure what they'd be doing today. Basically, he'll check in with everyone this morning and see how everyone is feeling. If the weather is absolutely perfect they might try to rally. That move from 14 to 17 is a hard day and folks often like a rest day the next day. I've gone down to the wire a bunch of times before. Meaning that you go up to the last day of the scheduled expedition. They still have a couple days left to summit and still be right on schedule.
McCullough is making a carry up to the top of the fixed lines today. He said everyone is doing great. They are laughing a lot he said. BasJan from Greg Collin's Upper Rib trip had been feeling sick. He had an upper resp. thing going on. Sounds like there has been something going around the mountain. We gave him a course of antibiotics several days ago. BJ said he is doing way better today. However, he was unable to stay on schedule with the Upper Rib expedition so he has joined Brian, Dan, and Chris's trip. Brian said he's in good spirits today and that everyone is excited to see the 16 Ridge.
This is footage of a group heading down the 16 ridge. Most people say that this section of the West Buttress is the most spectacular. It is also the most exposed.