Sunday
Jun062010

Out early

Hi folks, Tracey here again. Do not worry though as Greg should be home tomorrow and you will get the full update then. I just thought I would give you a little quicky to keep you in the loop. They did summit Mt. Steele which was full of adventure and took them from 7am to 11pm. After that I think it seemed to go downhill. One of the boys trashed his feet and so that was the end of his skiing and another got quite sick. As far as I can gather they took a good weather window to fly out as that seemed the best option. I talked to Greg quickly yesterday on Skype before they set off for home and he seemed pretty down, which is not usual for him. They were heading for the Liard Hot Springs to lick their wounds a bit and shed some of the accumulated stinky ski smell. They were then going to drop Aaron off at his dad's house and be home sometime Monday. I am sorry I can't go into any more detail than that but you don't have long to wait now. I am just glad that they are safe and coming home!!! Until tomorrow...

Sunday
May302010

Hoping for a summit

Sorry to leave you all hanging (or possibly thinking ill of Greg) but he did call on my birthday, yeah! So far the boys are having a great time. The first few days were spent acclimatizing (as they are based at 10,000 feet) and just skiing around near their base camp. They skied off a couple peaks and got in some great turns, nice powder and beautiful weather. The weather today was not as nice but tomorrow seems like it will be better and they are going to attempt to summit Mt. Steele. Greg still sounds super amped (when does he not when it comes to skiing?) and will call again in a few days. 

Tuesday
May252010

Base Camp

After an hour flight in, the boys have set up base camp. Exhausted and most of the guys napping, Greg called me to let me know how amazing the view is and how excited they all are to start the day tomorrow. Jealous of my meal of flank steak and roasted potatoes and kale, they were preparing a lovely meal of curried quinoa! I love how we both love our lives but in totally different ways! Next update will likely be in 3 days but if he is smart 2 days as it is my birthday on Thursday!!!! To be continued....

Sunday
May232010

On the road

Hi folks, this is Tracey Hill, Greg's fantastic wife writing. I have been elected to update Greg's blog and Twitter account. Greg will be calling me via Sat phone to keep me (us all) updated and also to verify that they are all safe. They have now arrived in Whitehorse after a 30 hour non-stop truck ride. All are sane and looking forward to being flown in tomorrow morning. I will keep you updated on any further progress.

Saturday
May222010

Heading off to the St-Elias

Well we are off, a 30 hour drive and then wait for a weather window to fly us into the St-Elias range,  drop off near Mt-Walsh and Mt-Steele. Spend 2.5 weeks climbing and skiing off Steele (5th highest in Canada), Lucania (3rd highest) and then Walsh and any other feasible objective.

 

It should be amazing, and I will have a wicked movie for everyone afterwards.