January 10th– Well the spirits are high here on burger night in the basecamp, we got our kitchen tents set up , and guides Dave and Tomas are slinging cheeseburgers off the MSR stoves with reckless abandon.
We had a busy morning as is usual with our team! Everyone is getting along well and working together for our common goals on the trip. We asked the soldier team if they could help establish a kitchen tent while the guides were in a meeting and we came back to two awesome setups! Nice work soldiers!
At around 1:30 today pm we left camp in our rope teams with a small amount of high gear to deposit at what is called half camp, a common spot to drop things as an acclimatization carry just below 9000 feet in elevation. It was variable weather with crisp cold conditions of around -15 C and some light snow but we got several breaks in the weather for sun and had an overall rapid up and down. So things are going well so far, we will probably stay around camp in the morning to get a feel of what the weather will do and make additional plans then!
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