August 16, 2014
Luke called on a beautiful evening from Base Camp.
The team made it to the top of Pico Austria with light snow on the way. On the return to Base Camp, the clouds parted and they could see a little more of a view.
All is well! The team took the afternoon organizing their gear and will get to bed early. Tomorrow is the hike to the tongue of the glacier. From here they will harness up and step into it with both feet and some self arrest training.
They will train in the morning and return for some time to rest.
We are closing in on the first climb now. Luke said there is plenty of laughter to go around which means they are taking a few deep breaths for acclimatization.