Murphy Dome Diaries

A journalist observes life in the far north.

High spirits, poor weather


Whiteout conditions on a glacier early Monday caused Alpine Ascents Team II to pull out the GPS to get their bearings, according to climber Alec Turner, who called in a report later in the day.

The climbers maintained positive attitudes, despite the whiteout conditions, which included wind and cold and which Turner described at miserable. He said the climb still has the tone of an adventure.

“Everyone has been telling jokes and laughing,” Turner said.

After a day of hauling a cache of gear to 10,000 feet, the team dined on smoked pea soup; beans and rice; quesadillas; and Oreos.

On Tuesday morning, Team II intends to head from Camp 1 at about 8,000 feet to Camp 2, which is at 11,000 feet and where they will spend two nights.

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