AMS guides Rob Gowler, Mike Janes & awesome intern Beth Cleary just got back from Denali today and brought back great photos from their time on Denali (these photos are by Mike). I was only able to extract a couple. He's got awesome video, too. Hopefully we'll be able to get that ready for sampling soon.
A day or so ago Rob, Mike, Beth, Caleb, Ryoko and Steven rolled into 11-camp and decided to wait out the weather with Leighan's "Glacier Ninjas": Todd, Chris, Dusty, Arnaud, Lance, Ulrica, Tapi, Vidar & Elin...Leighan's team celebrated Lance's birthday on July 11th at 11,000 feet in the storm! Leighan and Dusty were cooking; Dusty was making his almost-famous "Man Scramble".A nice rime crust developed. You can just make out their tents in the white-out.Rob's team kept an eye on the weather; in the early morning hours this morning they were treated to clearing skies. They packed up to enjoy the beautiful sunrise, good trail conditions and views as they descended the upper Kahiltna, heading to Base Camp.
Everyone is guessing that the Glacier Ninjas made an upward move today. With 1.5 meters of new snow, the guess is they'll be wearing their snowshoes and doing some serious trail breaking!