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July 29, 2009

Mustagh Ata Expedition- Final Wrap Up

Hello folks. This is Casey calling in from Urumqi. We had a nice walk out from base camp after loading the camels and then drove back to Kashgar after a lunch by Karakul lake. We had a very beautiful day with outstanding views of Mustagh Ata from the lake. [+] READ MORE

July 24, 2009

Mustagh Ata Expedition Runs Into High Winds and New Snow

Hey folks, Casey here. We woke up at 3:30 this morning to high winds and about 25 cm. of new snow! With first light we saw a huge lenticular on the summit-so, not wanting to get blown off the mountain we have decided to head down to base camp after making it to a bit more than 7,100 meters on the mountain. We should be safely down to base camp soon. [+] READ MORE

July 23, 2009

Forbidden Peak (West Ridge) with Dave Ahrens

Touching down in Sea-Tac on a flight in from the UK, I meet Andrea, my climbing buddy. We hug each other excitedly....then make our confessions: had we prepared enough? hmmm…we both wish we'd done more..... did we think we were going to make it to the top of Forbidden? honestly, we put it at 50/50.... and, most important, did we promise to stay friends even if one of us wanted to turn back half-way? [+] READ MORE

July 22, 2009

Mustagh Ata Expedition Camp 3 Dispatch

Hello everyone. This is Casey Henley calling in from Camp 3 at 22,370' on Mustagh Ata. We hope all is well with everyone at home. Jack and Susan are doing well. We had a bit of a crazy weather day for our move up from Camp 2. [+] READ MORE

July 21, 2009

Mustagh Ata Expedition Moved to Camp 2

Hello everyone. This is Casey calling in from Camp 2 on Mustagh Ata. We are feeling good at Camp 2 and we plan to move up to Camp 3 tomorrow. Our first possible summit push will be on Thursday, July 23. There is some weather moving in, so we may be sitting here for a couple of days. Wish us luck. I will try to call in again with an update in another day or two. Cheers, Casey