Lots of activity on the mountain as good weather is holding! It looks like they will have a storm front moving in, but significant storms are not expected. If the weather is good, and the team is feeling good, they will continue to push forward! **Late update on 5/27–Looks like they will take a rest day tomorrow*
Yesterday (May 26th) PB+J retrieved their cache from 13,300 feet on their “active rest day”. While a rest day sounds nice, these active rest days usually consist of a lot of chores– the biggest being getting to the previous cache and carrying it back up. Besides that, it is important to fortify their snow walls, eat lots of calories (which can be hard at high elevation) and melt pots of snow to use as drinking and cooking water.
Today, because weather patterns were holding, they carried gear up to cache around 16,400 feet. Wow. Thats a lot of gain! (Camp 3 is at 14,200 feet, meaning they did about 2,000 feet in gain). While up there, they did some exploring of the exposed ridge line.
To get to their caching point, they have to ascend a steep headwall that is at an angle of about 50 degrees, and spans 800 feet. This area has fixed lines, meaning there are permanent ropes set up for climbers to use. This increases safety for the climb and might reduce the gear needed by teams.
Camp 3 has been cold, I have gotten reports from Jason of temperatures at 20 below zero when the sun set! I would not want to be that cold. Brrr!