INTO THE RETCH ZONE
Camp III, located well below the summit trail, was notched into jumbled, angled countryside. Finding or building a level platform was difficult, and several camping platforms had to be cut into the slope. The construction of these platforms fell upon Blanteev and Niermeyer, upon arrival earlier both went to work with the nylon, rope and shovels after clearing with the brush axe and snowshoe work. But now neither hiker thought it would be a good idea to pull the makeshift camp, after spending a night surviving the ice storm, and waking up to, if anything, what seemed to a continuation of the precipitation, but slightly warmer. At breakfast they realized that this would have to do, this was their one chance to make this summit, even if the weather certainly was not cooperating...
Mark at Camp III (photo © Vincetoli Blanteev)
Stay tuned for more of the continuing backwoods antics as Mark and JB finish their first clamb up Mt Abe! It's the conclusion of the 1997-1998 trip, continued from Chapter 10. ...will the HAE crew make it to the top of the mountain? Are they going to act like trash when they hit that shelter?