March 22, 2013
Mt. Whitney Benchmark
All continues to go well on Mt. Whitney.
George called in from High Camp to report more good weather and another good forecast for their summit day tomorrow.
They’ll get up around 2:00am and get going shortly there after.
I’ll get another quick call from George tomorrow – hopefully with a summit report.
That’s all for now – enjoy your weekend!
March 22, 2013
Yup, it snowed. (Photo by Jeremy Hilligoss)
After enduring 5 days (and nights) in the midst of several “Winter Weather Advisories” on Mt. Rainier, our latest Denali Prep Seminar came downhill yesterday afternoon. Not knowing what today was going to bring, coming down a day early was the safe decision.
So, today they put the harnesses on and did some crevasse rescue work here at IMG HQ,which in all honesty is a better place to practice some of the skills necessary to climb Denali.
They’ll officially wrap up things up this afternoon.
Some more photos from the seminar can be found on IMG’s Facebook page here.
March 21, 2013
George isn't known for his photography. (Photo by George Dunn)
Another beautiful day on Mt. Whitney, George Dunn reports. The team has just pulled into their first camp near Lower Boy Scout Lake. They’ll set up camp and just relax and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings – and some pasta primavera for dinner of course.
March 20, 2013
Mt. Whitney (Trent Carey)
George checked in from Lone Pine, CA today as he gears up for his next Whitney climb. So far so good this year – 2 teams on the mountain and both teams tagged the top!
He’ll meet his next group in the morning for some bacon and eggs then they’ll hit the trailhead for the hike to Camp 1 near Lower Boy Scout Lake.
March 18, 2013
George Dunn, descending with the first Whitney trip after summiting on March 16, passed trip #2 led by Kurt Wedberg yesterday. The team all looked very fit and were heading up to their high camp at about 11,800’ on a beautiful day.
Kurt’s team is summiting today, and will report down to George after they descend back to high camp this evening. They should summit around noon today, weather permitting and will be back at high camp by 5pm to spend their final night on the mountain.
March 16, 2013
Whitney Sunrise. (Mayur Raghuveer)
Geo called in, after returning from High Camp, this afternoon to report another successful climb on Mt. Whitney. It was a cold and windy morning for sure – but it beats the heck out of a day in the office!
They’re all safe and sound at High Camp enjoying a nap and some dinner. Tomorrow they’ll head down to Lone Pine for their celebratory pizza and beer!
That’s it for now.
March 15, 2012
Heading to high camp.
IMG Partner George Dunn checked in last night around 7pm (PST) from Camp 1 (10,000ft.) near Lower Boy Scout Lake on Mt. Whitney. The guys put in a good hard day. post-holing at times up the steep terrain, and were rewarded with a nice ‘balmy’ evening in camp.
Today they’ll pack up and head to their High Camp (12,200ft.).
All is well on Mt. Whitney.
March 12, 2013
Pheriche with Ama Dablam (Ang Nuru Sherpa)
Ang Nuru Sherpa, owner of the Himalayan Hotel in Pheriche, sent a photo of his lodge this morning after a snowstorm yesterday (the pointy peak in the background is Ama Dabam). Our lead team of 14 Pangboche-based sherpas, headed up by Karma Rita, are packing loads today and will be heading up to Base Camp tomorrow to start building the camp.
The sherpas report that Everest and the local mountains have received a good amount of snowfall this winter. That is good news for climbers, potentially making the route is less icy and rocky (especially on the Lhotse Face). Of course, lots can change in the next couple months, but we are glad to hear that at least the winter so far has had some good snowfall!
**Follow all of the Everest 2013 Coverage here!
March 6, 2013
Greg checked in this morning from Camp Muir: the team is in the middle of a great week on Mt. Rainier – despite the weather conditions! The opposite in fact is true; the rough conditions are providing some perfect training opportunities for the crew, most of who have their eyes on Denali this year or next.
40-50mph winds and some fresh snow yesterday, resulted in 1-2 feet of new/drifted snow this morning. Conditions today are a little better with lighter winds… “We’re going to do our best to be outside all day today!”, said Greg.
More snow, but lighter winds are in the forecast for tomorrow with some nice weather theoretically coming in on Friday – we’ll see.
The photos below were taken by IMG Guide Dustin Balderach a couple weeks ago on our last seminar – enjoy!
Sled hauling practice. (Dustin Balderach)
Camp 1 is all set. (Dustin Balderach)
Good morning from Camp 1. (Dustin Balderach)
The view from camp 1. (Dustin Balderach)
The Ingraham Glacier from The Flats. (Dustin Balderach)
Camp Muir from above. (Dustin Balderach)
March 1, 2013
Winter conditions on Mt. Rainier. (Photo Ty Gimenez)
We’ve got another Denali Prep Seminar coming in this weekend, out in front will be Greg Vernovage. Assisting Greg will be Josh McDowell and Peter Adams.
Weekend To Do List:
- Check the weather.
- Pull the group gear (tents, ropes, stoves, sleds, etc.).
- Pack the food – bacon, lots of bacon.
- Radio and Sat Phone Check
- Team arrival at 2pm
- Mountain Briefing (Wx, conditions, etc.)
- Gear Check
- Pack-up for Sunday.
- Load up and go on Sunday!
- Have fun.