Rodrigo Mujica called in from the bottom of Ski Hill this afternoon. They made a cache at 10,000 feet today. He said the weather was not so good, but now that they are back in camp it is much better. That is pretty typical of this section of the mountain.Any weather that come from the North gets funneled in through/over Kahiltna Pass which is at the top of the 10,000 foot basin. their team is doing really well and are planning to move to 11K tomorrow. In an ideal world a Denali expedition would would be able to climb up and Denali without encountering any bad weather, obviously we do not live in an ideal world, so it is good to start experiencing bad weather early on in the expedition. The lower mountain is the best training ground for the upper mountain.
Mark Postle (pictured here), Matt Montavon, Dustin English, Tery, Matt andf the 3 Dutchmen (Franz, Jetse, and Laurens) are in the plane on their way into Base Camp. All of the climbers on Mark's team particiopated in yesterday's review Skills Workshop and all but one have been on other AMS courses or expeditions before, so they may be able to leave camp early in the morning and head to 7.8K camp.
According to Steve Brown's SPOT, Melis and her team are moments away from arriving to basecamp. Check out the video above to catch a glimpse of the 16 ridge, which their team just came down today.