Joe on the West Buttress ridge heading up to 17,000 foot region. Joe was feeling good and was a force for the day.
Next section of the route is known as the 'Autobahn' in honor of thre many European climbers who have fallen down it when it's icy. Today the 'Bahn had some patches of white ice, but it was mostly coated with winded fresh snow and thus quite safe. We skied it on the return.
Caleb thinking he might finally get a Denali summit and not have to do the West Buttress again.
Jordan was never cold. He must be part tiger or some other genetic mix.
Contemplating the infamous 'Football Field' which leads you to the final pitch known as 'Pig Hill.' By now you're feeling the altitude, and this stuff is pure torture. Key is using the rest step, meaning you pause each step, rest you rear leg on the skeletal structure, take a few breaths, then do it again. I was moving super slow durin this part, and Louie was sticking with me even though he could have sprinted ahead. Even so, we passed several follks which I have to admit felt pretty good for this old guy.