One last post from our First Ascents team that returns home tomorrow. Despite some very bad weather luck that kept them from flying out for 4 days and then made their climbs very challenging, the team of 4 sounds like they had a great trip and are looking forward to their return in the morning. We’ll have the sauna hot for them!
We got a super fun dispatch from our First Ascents crew this morning. After a 4 day weather delay (!!) they finally got out on Sunday morning, but instead of going to the area originally selected (near the eastern end of the Bagley Icefield), they headed for the only area that had flyable weather: north of McCarthy to the ridgeline on the other side of Mt. Blackburn. They had their eye on Peak 11,191, which has an uncertain history of possibly one or maybe no successful summits, but the records are fuzzy.
After an unsuccessful attempt at the peak two days ago (the blustery, white-out conditions shut them down), they reached the summit this morning and joyous celebrating ensued! Listen to the dispatch and wish them luck as they finish out their trip with a few more fun days of climbing in that beautiful area.
We just got another dispatch from the crew out on the Bagley, and they are on top of the world! “Advanced Team Fraser” of Scott, Kristin, Jason and Chris just summited 10,240foot Flight Path Peak between the Baldwin and Fraser Glaciers.
Listen to their gleeful dispatch here: Training Trip Dispatch 2
And this is where they are:
It’s another season and here’s our first trip dispatch for 2015! Our returning guide staff is starting out their summer right with 10 days on the Baldwin Glacier near the east end of the Bagley Icefield.
Here’s a map of approximately where they are:
And here is Sarah’s dispatch from this afternoon:
Photos will be coming soon as Wayne is flying back this evening (gotta cut his trip short get back to the office and get ready for the season!), so we should have photos and details from him soon.
Our First Ascents team decided to celebrate their true first ascent of peak 11,430 this week, and head next for a seldom climbed but very attractive peak nearby: 12,610ft Mount Pandora. They left two dispatches along the way. Take a look at the map and listen to their updates from high camp (in a crevasse!) and the summit…
Sat phone dispatches from the mountain: