Yesterday after Andrew started Elbert, Will and I drive to Aspen to pick up his inhaler (for his sports induced asthma that he never knew he had, it spurred on for the first time ever on this adventure). We were in Aspen until around 0100 when we met up with the rest of the crew. here is their report from the rest of the day.
James and Kim went up the 4wheel drive on the back side of Elbert where they met up with Wes and Andrew. A quick shuttle over to Massive to begin an out and back. Wes said at 13000′ he was super impressed with Andrews speed and condition, eventually Wes ended up separating from Andrew to avoid the icy snowfield Andrew glissaded down. Upon Wes’s return to the trailhead, Kim decided to hike up to Andrew and meet him to hike back. Andrew is losing a lot of momentum at nights, and is appreciating all of his hiking partners. At one point on Massive he mentioned he found himself standing on a boulder just staring off and could not recall how long he did that for. Our favorite Andrew story so far was when we asked if he needed an ice axe and his reply was “nah its just Princeton” BUT in fact he was set out for Huron and departing in two minutes. Yes, we had to reorient him to the correct mountain he was climbing!!! We then met with the crew at 0146. At 0354 Andrew and Stefan left after we packed Andrews pack and doctored him up. Their plan is to summit Capitol, Snowmass North South Maroon, Pyramid and Castle. (I do not think Stefan will be joining Andrew on Castle). Andrew had been non stop talking about Snowmass and his excitement in glissading down. Hopefully Charlie Nuttelman and possibly Homie will be joining Andrew Thursday, lets keep our fingers crossed ok!? All these hiking partners are amazing and have been so critical in keeping Andrew awake on the trails!