The 2015 Denali team is still on the move.
On Motorcycle Hill above Camp 3. Camp 3 at 11,000’ is seen below us in the sun.
Today they cached a load of gear/food at 16,200 ft.
Joey Szalkiewicz is strong and keeping up just fine with the more seasoned climbers. At 17 years old, he’s already carrying a 60 lb pack successfully up the mountain.
At 12000’ on Squirrel Hill
At 12500’ traveling above Squirrel Hill towards Windy Corner
Kurt Wedberg checked in today saying that the group is about 3 to 4 days from the summit, weather permitting. “The team is strong & healthy & having a great time. Weather’s been clear lending to spectacular views of the Alaska Range. After 8 days of climbing & establishing camps we’re @C3 @14200′. 2moro we are planning on a well earned rest b4 setting our sites on moving to High Camp @17200. Thinking about our loved ones, family & friends. Thanks for all your support :)”
Our cache at 13500’ buried and marked
Stay tuned for an update on Wednesday!
Organizing loads at Base Camp at 7200’
The 2015 Denali team is right on track and feeling good!
Leaving Base Camp with Mt. Hunter (14,570’) in the background
On Friday, they landed on the Kahiltna Glacier and began their progress.
Traveling on the Kahiltna Glacier en route to Camp 1
On Saturday, the team carried to 9500′ and on Sunday , Kurt checked in saying “4 days after landing in the Alaska Range our team has carried supplies to Camp 2 @11000′. The team’s strong & psyched! ”
On Ski Hill above Camp 1
Light snow on our tents at Camp 2 at 9500’
Today, they have already cached a load at 13,500′!
Beautiful day traveling on the Kahiltna Glacier at 10,000’ en route to Camp 3.
Taking a rest break on the Kahiltna Glacier
Stay tuned for more updates!
Kurt Wedberg, president and lead guide at SMI, and his 2015 Denali Team found a break in the weather to fly onto the Kahiltna Glacier today from Talkeetna, AK.
This year’s team consists of SMI senior guide, Tristan “Trippy” Sieleman, mountain guide at Mountain Trip, Ben Adkinson, and friends, Bob “Ski” Szalkiewicz, Joe Szalkiewicz and Joey Szalkiewicz.
The team has been taking it easy and fueling up on the local Talkeetna fare, awaiting their window to fly out today. Oh yes, and they’ve been doing lots of gear checks and packing.
The group is currently at Base Camp 7,200 ft. Next they will be packing and prepping to make the trek to Camp 1.
Keep them in your thoughts and prayers for a happy summit and stay tuned for updates!
Kurt Wedberg just checked in and said the team is all settled in at Camp 2 (18040′) today and are still on schedule to summit on Monday the 19th! He says that everyone is feeling strong and healthy. “Our plan is to carry to Camp 3 tomorrow, move to Camp 3 @19500′ on the 18th, summit on the 19th.”
Apparently, the views from Camp 2 are spectacular (pictures later!) and they are all feeling very thankful to be up there!
If you love the play-by-play, here are the inReach updates for the week:
Monday the 12th: “Our well rested team had a nice day hike to 15300′ to stretch our legs & prepare for the work ahead. Tomorrow we carry gear to Camp 1 @16700′. Psyched & ready!”
Wednesday the 14th: “Yesterday we carried 9 days of food & fuel to Camp 1 @16700′. Today we left Base Camp & moved up to C1. Just finished a pizza dinner & enjoying an awesome view”
Thursday the 15th: “Had an awesome 11hrs of sleep. Feeling well rested we carried 5 days of food & fuel to C2 @18040′ today. Views continue to get more spectacular. Life is good :)”
And today, the 16th: “Today our team successfully moved to C2 @18040′ where there’s half the oxygen of sea level. Truly thankful for our health allowing us to see these amazing views”
The team successfully made it to Base Camp at Plaza Argentina (13,747′) on Saturday, where they are spending a few days relaxing, taking acclimatization hikes and preparing loads for their higher camps.
The big message of the day today is that “Lloyd sends his love to Stella!” Technology is awesome.
If you’ve been keeping track as they go, I don’t want you to miss anything! See below:
Friday, January 9th – Day 5 – From Casa de Pierdra, Kurt checked in saying: “Beautiful hike to our last camp before Base Camp. Stuffed after a yummy traditional Argentine steak “asado”. Psyched to reach Base Camp tomorrow!!!!”
Saturday, January 10th – Day 6 – The group made it on time to Base Camp! Kurt said “3 days, 42km & 6000′ elevation gain our team reached Aconcagua Base Camp @13747′! We’ll spend 4 nights here taking acclimatization hikes preparing 2 move higher”
Sunday, January 11th – Day 7 – High spirits as the team relaxes at Base Camp: “It’s a rare treat in our modern age to have a day to just relax, read a good book, enjoy xlnt conversation & eat slow meals. Such was our rest day @Aconcagua :)”
Stay tuned for updates!
Kurt Wedberg checked in yesterday evening with greetings from the team’s first camp en route to their Base Camp for Aconcagua!
From the altitude reading in his inReach message, it would appear that the group is currently in step with their projected itinerary to camp at Pampa de Lenas last night.
Kurt says: “Greetings from our 1st camp @9350′ en route to base camp. Bedded down to gentle sounds of a flowing river & guachos laughing after an amazing chicken bbq.”
Today’s itinerary has them continuing toward Base Camp and camping at Casa de Pierdra at 10,630′ tonight.
Stay tuned for updates!