The team took to the ice-sculpted ridge yesterday morning, managing to ferry a cache up before the wind materialized. The southeast mass of overlapping ridges sprawling out of Mt. Steele is a constant up and down flow between elevation, making for a tough journey with unpredictable winds and heavy loads.
Expecting lighter winds and clear weather into the weekend, Pascale and Lonnie will set sights for the summit of Steele, which rises meter by meter to an apex of 5073m/16644ft. They have plans, if provisions are available, to venture over to Lucania via a long ridge that connects the two. Stay tuned as we hear more from the mountain.