At this point I'm really glad that I spent 6 weeks being trained by the best in Outdoor Leadership. My NOLS expedition earlier this spring taught me so much that I have begun to use in helping the team plan for our Mexico expedition.
We are very fortunate to have a Doctor, Communications Specialist and other teammates with technical expertise. Most expeditions search nationwide for climbers who also possess such abilities. We are fortunate to have all of these things provided by members of our group, who are also friends. A rare thing indeed when it comes to expedition teams.
Jeff is handling Medical planning, Scott and Doug are on top of stoves, tents and gear. Bill and I are working out transportation logistics, and Chad is trying to catch up! We're really excited to have Chad join our team. Even though he came aboard a little late, he's working hard to get into shape and he brings a strong work ethic and solid technical abilites to the group.
Scott and Chad head to Borah Peak tomorrow, which will be a huge benefit not only from the altitude gain, but also in acclimating to bad weather. At 12, 970 feet, Idaho's highest peak is notorious for wet, cold, windy weather.
Since I've spent the last 2 days working in the rain and cold, I have opted to stay home from this trip. I'm battling some chest congestion and headaches and don't want to get sick this late in the game.
Everyone else seems to be at the peak of health and fitness. As always, this is the period in expedition planning where time is in a headlong race with preparation. We're all working to keep our preparations ahead of the quickly passing time.
Stay tuned...things could get interesting!