"Why are you on the ground?" I reflexively respond, in a partially stern tone. He laughs with surprise at my comment, and let me know they came down, were hauling loads and needed to get out of the storm. He was going to be out of service for the night and we could chat tomorrow.
As some of you may have already heard, Tommy and Kevin had to call it last night and head off of El Cap, not completing their monster project in the "style" they had adopted (explained in Day One post). The storm was coming in big, and there was high uncertainty of how long it would take to even be able to climb again, and other factors as well. I have only gotten to talk to Tommy briefly about it, but he says he has peace with the decision and has not lost any psyche! Now they have a great idea of what needs to be done for next season to ensure a send and they can take some time to enjoy life and relax a little. It will be nice to be home for Thanksgiving and have some time to pack for Argentina...our next trip starting December 1st.
When Tommy gets home and winds down some, he will probably post something with a little more detail of the scenario and what happened. The guys are really appreciative of the encouragement from everyone. It was a great battle, but it's not done yet!!
|A photo Tommy sent me on his iphone from this morning while packing up after the first wave of the storm.|