I reckon we should consider a Sat phone and an ePirb on our next HOFT too.
First scheduled sat phone update went ahead without a hitch. The team has been experiencing fine weather so far and have camped overnight beside the Clark River. The terrain has been extremely steep and good navigation proving to be an essential and critical component. They have had limited visibility in thick scrub but when they get the views, they are spectacular all around. Group spirit was summed up as tired, sore but cheerful. Two members (I don't know who) have the flu! Prickles says it's hard but rewarding, Everyone's boots are holding up well but the stove(s) are failing apparently. Next update scheduled for Saturday night.