Sunday, March 16, 2008

18,000 ft and snowing hard on Tinchenkang

Jason called tonight. He said they were moving back to base camp. They had run out of food and fuel. After a couple nice days of weather, it has turned snowy. Friday night when he called it had snowed. Sam and Sarah had to descend from their cache trip in the snow. Sunday, he said, Josh and him had made it to 18,000 ft and it started snowing hard and the visibility was zero. He said the day started clear but soon turn bad. Jason and Josh picked up the cache at 17,500 ft and with heavy packs was a slow descent to 16,000 ft camp.
They have decided to move back to base camp and hopefully dry out for a day or two. They may try to summit Jopuno next. Jason said they could just go from base camp for that summit. It was a short call but still great to hear his voice.

6 comments:

Jerry said...

I was waiting to hear from them.. :) I'm proud of the team for good judgement. Better luck on the next attempt.

indianmatt42 said...

Greetings from Salinas, California. This is Matt Crabtree. I am Sam's cousin. It is fun to live these " extreme" adventures thru him. I wish you all a safe journey on these climbs. Please pass on a nice warm hello to Sam and Sarah for me.
Best wishes, Matt

CP said...

Keep it up. I'm enjoying these updates, and living vicariously through you guys.

Cynthia said...

Jason! (et al)
Good to hear but not enough. Guess you guys are busy.
Wishing you the world - no, the best of all possible universes of everything - and better weather.
Miss you -

Jeff Valliere said...

Good luck out there Jason, sounds like you are having quite the adventure! I am eagerly checking for updates every day.

Tom said...

Woooo...
Following everyday, hope all is going well! Thanks for keeping us updated Allison.
Tom