July 12, 2012
Success! Summit! Dan Zokaites called in yesterday evening to let us know that the team was on top. Weather was super. Even better, he called back in the evening (Seattle time), to let us know they were off the climb, back on the ground and about a half hour from high camp. The trek out begins today. Getting out is about as hard as getting in so there’s still work to be done. However, my guess is that there’s going to be a little extra energy in everyone’s step as they now have the summit in their pocket. Well done, Dan and team.
A little extra piece is associated with this climb – climber Carol, who’s been with us many times before, is now not only the oldest female to have made the Seven Summits (Kosciuszko list) she is also now the oldest female to have completed the Seven including Carstensz. Well done, Carol. More than a little impressive. You’re not supposed to discuss a woman’s age but, in this case, I don’t think Carol will mind. Think 65.