Day 3. As we left our second camp atop our grassy knoll, the group was blessed by yet another day of beautiful, bluebird weather. This morning we traversed the remaining snowfields lining our valley and finally reached the upper portion of the Hallo Glacier where we rejoined the 1978 expedition route. Before leading out to the glacier, we took an hour and practiced crevasse rescue technique and building a z-pulley. The joining of the snowfields with the Hallo Glacier was definitely an anxiety as there was no way to plan a 100% smooth transition. Often glaciers carve huge u-shaped valleys—we had no idea if our glacier had sunk into such a valley and if so, what (if any) recourse we might have. Luckily, everything worked out.
Taylor Nissi posing on the Hallo Glacier. At this point forward, we traveled exclusively as a roped team. We approached another mile up the glacier to a level ice field we would make our high camp. The travel involved winding back and forth among crevasses, crossing snow bridges and jumping small openings. Mt. Denison is the peak in the far left of the image.