Saturday, May 30, 2009

Storm Still Dominating Denali

Denali remains enveloped by a low pressure system, and everyone on the mountain appears to be waiting it out. The following satellite telephone dispatch was received from AAI Guide Angela Seidling on AAI’s third Denali expedition of the season. We have not heard from the other teams and assume they are doing the same as Angela and the other climbers on Team 3.

Denali Expedition dispatches are normally posted on the "Daily Dispatches and Recent News" page of the AAI website . On weekends, they are first published here.

Here's the latest news from the mountain:

"Greetings everybody, this is Angela from 14,000 feet on Denali. We’re still at Camp 3, and we’re still waiting out this storm. It sounds like Sunday or Monday could be the next day for us possibly to be moving. We’re looking forward to that!

But In the mean time, we are trying to keep ourselves entertained and as busy as a person can be in a storm at 14,000 feet on Denali. There’s lots of book reading going on and exchanging of books because we've gotten a lot read in the last couple of days. There are lots of good conversations and people strolling around camp in the fresh snow, plus lots of digging out tents and rebuilding snow walls and all that good stuff.

I have a couple of messages to convey:

Anouk hopes that the Black Beast AKA Cookie Monster, had a good presentation and wants him to know coming to the his presentation last year was one of the best things she ever did in her life.

Ranjeet would like to say, 'thoughts of family and friends back home are making the temperatures warmer for all of us up here.' We all agree with that one.

OK. That’s the news and thoughts from here. We’ll talk to you all soon. By for now."

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