Stunned by the revelations of the Dyer Text, it is decided that there’s only one way to prove whether or not the Text is the truth…to go over the Miskatonic Mountains and see if the City of the Old Ones is real or not. Preparations begin at once for a trip over the mountains, and the investigators are chosen to be amongst the first group to go.
There are concerns, due to a strange smell coming from the oxygen tanks that will be needed for high altitude exploration, but some make-shift filters are created. It is hoped this will be enough. Once Starkweather rejoins the Expedition from his mountain-climbing, the group departs, about thirty minutes behind Acacia Lexington and the Germans.