Joey Mcbrayer, Alex Stroud and the 5/11 Denali crew flew in today after a small short delay in town. They were able to cover some classes in town so there was no wasted time.
Spending an extra day here and there on the mountain due to inclement weather is no big deal. There are lots of ways to make up extra time, plus AMS has several weather days and rest days built into the Denali itinerary. They even got to go to a slide show that AMS hosted last night on the famous 1967 rescue on the North Face of the Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
AMS Guides Todd Tumolo and Josh Hoeschen, who were in the Ruth Gorge on a personal climbing trip, saw AMS guide/instructor Matt Montavon, who is teaching the 6 day Mountaineering course. Todd and Josh said they were doing super well and were getting after it! They too were having stormy weather, but were not letting that slow them down. They are out of camp all day each and everyday traveling on the glacier, teaching and learning new skills from early in the morning until late at night.
The planes that drop off and pick up all of the climbers in the Alaska Range land on the snowy glaciers. They all have skis with retractable wheels. It helps the pilots to have the snow on the runway packed down a bit so it is easier to turn around and take off.
|Brian Okonek photo of a smaller, older plane equipped with sno skis.|