Lucania: The Wind Funnel

With a wind storm rendering the duo immobile for the last 30 hours, Pascale and Lonnie are feeling frazzled and a bit weary. At their current camp, they are pummeled with winds shifting and funneling from the NE up to 40 mph/64 kph. Last night, they called in to report possible plans to dig a snow cave, due to their vulnerable situation on the ridge. Luckily, the tried & true Hilleberg the Tentmaker hotel has been holding up well as their steadfast shelter at 12000ft/3657m.

With temps that feel like -42C/-43F, it’s a no-go for movement. Stocked with plenty of food and fuel, they are waiting for a break in the storm to shift camp down to a safer locale. The plan is to move up the ridge once the elements calm by this evening and into tomorrow. Stay tuned here for updates and their newest SPOT location coming soon.

Tune in to the latest audio update from this afternoon sent via Globalstar, with video footage directly from the mountain:

Video: Dupre setting camp, awaiting Marceau's descent to basecamp. Thanks to pilot John Ostashek of Rocking Star Adventures, and major sponsor Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

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