The group had an early start this morning and traveled the remaining 2.5 miles up the the Trident Ridge where they encountered intense winds gusting up to 75mph (65kt or 120km/hr). Our team leader Annie described the chaotic scene as "people were being blown over, and our packs would have easily blown away if we hadn't been careful." The team spent a good deal of time evaluating the snow conditions for their descent, carving out wheels of snow and rolling them down the slope to locate the fall line. Once the guide team was satisfied that the area was safe the team made their way down.
Needless to say, everyone in the party was happy to descend from the ridge, down the Crean Glacier and into more sheltered areas. At last report, everyone was still in high spirits despite being blasted by wind for a good portion of the day, and settling in for a hot dinner and plenty of water.
Tomorrow they will make an even earlier start and head for Breakwind Pass. Check back at (5:00pm UTC-5) for the daily updates!