Walking Heads Plans to Move
Up July 1, 2005: Hi this is Andy Rich calling with the Friday July 1st update
for Team Walking Heads. We’re still at 14 camp, while we are all feeling
pretty well acclimatized to the altitude at this point we’ve been here a
number of days, but we decided not to move up yet because unfortunately that
little bit of a cold that was going around our group has gotten a pretty good
hold of Molly and she’s feeling pretty bad. So we’ve been waiting for a few
days to see if she’s any better, and It looks as though she might be
continuing up the hill with us. So it sounds like we are going to try to join
forces with the team that is behind us, Todd and Winslow’s team, try to join
forces with them and in one way or another try to head up the hill with them
tomorrow up towards high camp at 17,200 feet. They’re carrying up today and
feeling strong so we’ll join with them and go up as one big group. That will
allow us to get a move on out of 14 camp here, which we’re all pretty anxious
to do. Molly might stay down here at 14 and try to support us from here, it
seems like that would be pretty helpful. So that’s the news for us, we’ll be
spending another relaxing day at 14 camp, everyone has been doing laps around
camp, going to talk to the rangers and socializing with all of the other
groups here and doing our book exchange and eating lots of good food, so we’re
feeling strong, most of us anyway, that’s all the news for now.
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