After last-minute boot re-lacings, pack re-packings and hugs from family and friends, they set out in teams of five to six climbers on an unprecedented (for the Breast Cancer Fund climb) snow-covered trail.
Word from the trail is that Horse Camp, the lowest camp site on the mountain, is under 10 to 12 feet of snow and the Sierra Club hut on the site is buried up to the first half of the roof. Wow!
And now we've heard that the first two teams are at about 9,000 feet, approaching the Hidden Valley base camp at 9,280 feet. Hidden Valley will be their home-away-from-home the next two nights as they make their summit attempt.
Watch them depart right here!
Team Bay Area:
We didn't get a clip of Team East Coast, unfortunately. But our Bay Area team offered a few words of wisdom and reassurance for those back home: