Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mt. Foraker, Sultana Ridge: Coady

The Foraker team is hanging tough! they texted in tonight.

" Day 2 of storm,... we believe we are in for several more days of stormy conditions.  High winds but we are cozy in our tent and spirits are high. We still have lots of time to climb the Sultana Ridge.  Eight inch rime ice is building on equipment outside. "

There are some super cool photos and explanations of rime ice from Mt. Washinton here: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/clarkb/rime-ice/14803

It is especially interesting to note that rime ice builds INTO the direction of the wind, not in the same direction as the wind is blowing, as one may think at first.  The Sultana Ridge is notorious for it's exposure to the weather, and this team is prepared for it.  The temps are not super cold, so they have that in thier favor, as well as plenty of supplies on hand.

Lenticular Clouds over Mt. Foraker, indicating very high winds. Photo taken from 14,200' on the Wet Buttress. Copyright: Brian Okonek

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary - I hope the weather breaks soon for all of you. Stay safe!