"They made it," read the post on the Northern Warfare Training Center's social media site, Saturday around 8 p.m. It was a very brief conversation based on the elevation and long movement.

"The team is tired and fatigued and will now begin their movement back, a comment from Maj. William Prayner, the NWTC commander continued, "…very proud of a monumental physical and mental effort - but still some significant work to do working back down the mountain safely."

That statement was a bit prescient, perhaps. Three days later, weather interrupted plans for the extraction team's flight Tuesday.