Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Climber and Mountain Update

Colby Coombs, Josh Hoeschen, and Mr. Nubo Huang are now established at the 17,200' high camp and if all goes as planned they will try for the summit July 1st. AMS guide, Nick D'Alessio is a part of this expedition and today he helped the team a great deal by carrying extra loads up high today, June 30, he is at the 14,200' camp. I am willing to bet that Nick will be the most popular guide on the mountain tomorrow, July 1. Colby called me tonight and they are all feeling very well.

Nick will be a big help to Rob Gowler and Forest Wagner's team when they roll into the 14,200' camp on July 1st. I am sure he will greet them with his big smile and full pots of water. Hey, it's an arduous job melting pots of snow into water up there! At 14,200', a pot of hot water is similar to a big bag of gold for a mountain guide. :-)

Phil Ershler and Eben Reckord's IMG/AMS team have safely returned to Talkeetna and are now on their way home.

We expect Mike Hamill and Greg Vernovage's team in Talkeetna sometime July 1st.

The weather has been glorious both in Talkeetna and in the whole of the Alaska Range for the past several days. The days ahead look to be super for the climbers as well.

All Best,
Caitlin

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