Thursday, May 29, 2014

Denali, West Buttress: Passey and Postle

AMS teams lead by Todd Passey and Mark Postle are in base camp.   They are awaiting the weather to fly back to Talkeetna.  The weather needs to be better and without icing conditions to safely fly in and out of the Alaska Range.

This weather system has a persistent presence, luckily it's not particularly tough on the climbers and the temperatures are mild.  So the teams are just in waiting mode at base camp, I'm sure there is quite a bit of socializing going on and teams are making the best of it.  If there is one thing we can not change it is the weather, the only thing we can change is our attitude toward it.  The AMS teams have extra food and fuel at base camp so they have plenty of supplies and they are all fine.

...Rumor has it that over 100 climbers are waiting to fly into Kahiltna base camp and I bet about 50 are waiting to fly out of base camp.  Luckily there are some excellent base camp mangers and air services that can get everyone in and out of the mountains efficiently, once the weather clears.

Kahiltna base camp on a very busy and partly cloudy day.

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