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By: SuperYooper , 10:27 PM GMT on August 08, 2011
The Great One - Climbing Denali (part 10 of 18)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011
Denali Team 3: May 15 – June 4 Dispatch #9
Guides: Tom Kirby and Matt Erpelding
Climbers: Allen Borgardts (Missouri), Robert “Alex” Borgardts (Missouri), Jonathan Fischer (Colorado), David Haimsky (Virginia), Jeffrey Gephart (Michigan), Helle Dam Sorensen (Denmark), Brandon McNalley (Washington), Ryan Canfield (Washington), Jon Cook (UK)
Matt Erpelding called in at 12:00pm on May 25th with the following dispatch:
"Hey guys! The weather today is fantastic at 14,000 feet! Today we did a back carry to 13,500 feet and we are now back at 14,000 feet. The rest of today's tasks include eating our delicious Denali Sandwiches, which contain greasy cheese and sausage, and building snow walls at camp.
The group is strong right now, even after having a long day yesterday. All climbers are looking good! The plan is to take a rest day tomorrow and then do a cache on Friday. Tomorrow's weather forecast shows it will be another beautiful day, and a storm system will start building again on Saturday. Talk to you tomorrow!"
On a side note, Guide Kevin Hogan hurt his back the other day and made the decision to head down the mountain with Richard and Mary's team. He arrived safely to Talkeetna yesterday and will hopefully be receiving news of a fast recovery. Denali and Team 3 will miss you Kevo!
The group did have a long day getting to 14 camp. In fact the Mountain Man was not feeling very good at all.
The MM made a phone call to his wife but got no answer. Instead of trying back, he left a message that sounded less than good. Very tired, not breathing well and blood count was down. A problem with altitude? Just too long of a climb? Dunno.
All I can tell you is wife freaked. It was bad enough before.....now he was close to death (in her eyes). The MM did manage to get a hold of someone else......both he and I were able to talk her down.
Did you finally see the note about the guide that had to go down? They sure made that out to be not a big deal huh? "On a side note" we didn't tell you for 3 days that we were down a guide to go up the mountain and that the particular guide is now back in Talkeetna. Oh ha ha ha......how funny we are!
Not really funny since there were deaths on the mountain that day. Helicopter pictures show up in the pictures. Needless to say we were wrecks back home.
I was forecasting the weather (notice how they say a system would possibly be coming in but it never came) and just hoping that everything was going well.
Another blog will be new pictures soon. Stay tuned to the SuperYooper blog!
It was going to be a good picture of a mountain but instead will be remembered as the leak picture
Must have had some spare time on their hands
The smile face has the average amount of Yooper teeth in it
The fixed lines (more explanation later)
A team heading up to 17
Death on the mountain
Still no sign of the cool hat
Thats not grey in the beard.....it's sunscreen. Just fyi
2000 foot climb
Teams on the fixed lines
Just puttin' on my spf100. You?
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