The whole team of 34 departed Hidden Valley base camp (9,400 feet) many hours before sunrise this morning. They left in their smaller rope teams at staggered intervals and headed across the first snow field on the approach to the west face under moonlight.
Our base camp team of Connie G. and Connie E. report that watching the teams make their way across the snow with their headlamps by the light of the moon and stars was magical.
Three team members have reached their personal summits as of 7 a.m. Linda Trenholm came down with mild altitude sickness and returned to camp, where she is resting well. Hester Bennett and Cadie Jessup reached 10,000 feet and are on their way down to base camp with guides.