Walking Heads Carries to
Washburn's Thumb June 28, 2005: Hey it’s Molly from Walking Heads calling from
Advanced Base Camp 14,200 feet. We took a run up the fixed lines today, all
the way up to Washburn’s Thumb at 16,800 feet. We were able to help Brennan
Brunner off, he tagged a ride with us up the fixed lines and he reunited with
his team, which is waiting out some high winds at High Camp and hope to summit
tomorrow. Folks seemed to really enjoy the fixed lines and getting up to some
exposed terrain, weaving through rocks and up some steeper snow slopes, using
fixed line protection along the way. Everybody is still looking happy and
healthy and we’re hoping that some good weather will come our way. Big hello
and lots of love to friends and family.
Team Ex Reunites and Waits
for Weather. June 28, 2005
Howdy this is Jim with Team Extreme with our update for June 28th. Early morn
we woke up with the intention of making a summit push, gusts up to 50mph
however put the team on ‘hot’ standby with the hope that conditions would
improve. They didn’t, forcing us to take another rest day at 17,200 feet. To
keep mind and body fit, we stayed busy. Suzanne dug a large snow trench, 20
feet long and three feet deep to further fortify her tent. Dana, who was also
in a digging mood, carved out a fine footwell. The girls also got in some
fierce backgammon play. Word on the mountain is that Dana kicks butt. As for
Vern, John and I, we strapped on our trusty crampons to pick up our teammate
and co-guide, Brennan, meeting him at 16,200 feet. We’re psyched to have him
with us again. The journey from 16,200 to 17,200 is pretty incredible. We’ve
done this three times now. The trail perhaps could be described as a twisty,
narrow sidewalk with thousand-foot drops on either side. Looking down upon the
clouds, traveling along this path is an amazing experience. The guys also kept
their minds sharp by counting the little squares on the inside of their tent.
1,529,000 was the number is you’re interested. Our warm sleeping bags are now
calling our name, so I’ll wrap up. The weather forecast for tomorrow looks
promising, so hopefully tomorrow’s message will bring good news. Good night
from the land of thin air and thanks for following our expedition.
Walking Heads Rests at 14,200
Feet June 27, 2005
Hi this is Andy Rich calling from the Walking Heads for our June 27th update.
We spent the day today at 14,000 feet having an enjoyable rest day, we slept
in and had a nice big ol’ egg sandwich breakfast followed by more rest
throughout the day, which was well-deserved. Everybody pulled together in the
afternoon and we practiced some of our technical skills, had a review that is
going to set us up well for our carry up the fixed lines tomorrow. We’re going
up to 16 to 17,000 feet tomorrow as an acclimatization hike, we’re also going
to move a little bit of gear, but fortunately some of the previous teams have
left a bunch of gear and food and fuel up there for us, so we don’t have to
burden ourselves with as much weight as we usually would, but we do intend on
going up there to acclimatize and we’ll spend the day up there and hopefully
the weather will be bearable. Everybody seems to be doing really well, we had
a nice relaxing day and we’re looking at another 10 hours of sleep tonight, so
I think we’re well in track. I think that’s about it, Andy Rich Team Walking
Team Ex Waits for Weather at
High Camp June 27, 2005
Hi this is Dana aka Smiley with Team Ex. Team Ex woke today with high winds
rattling our tents, a telltale sign that we would not be heading to the
summit. We spent our day building fortress walls around our tents, creating an
oasis from the winds and spindrifts. We settled in for naps and game time. The
high winds persisted through the day making it impossible for Brennan to come
up and join us. We hope for calm and clear tomorrow, keep us in your thoughts,
xoxoxo Team Ex.
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