We had calls and texts from our teams today from AMS guides on Denali; all our teams report that everyone is climbing very well, is strong and are healthy. It is lightly snowing at all camp locations on Denali's West Buttress. Here is an update:
Mike Hamill leading the June 12 AMS expedition tried twice for the top and were turned back at Denali Pass both time due to weather. They are currently waiting at 17,200' high camp and will try again when the weather clears.
Todd Tumolo leading the June 16 AMS expedition are well established at the 14,200' camp. They went down to Windy Corner today to pick up their previously cached gear and food, they felt strong. And are all happy, eating and hydrating!
Noah Ronzkowski leading the June 22 AMS/AMICAL expedition moved to 11,200' camp today. They made the move quickly in a speedy six hours from the 7,800' camp. When Noah phoned, he said all is well, it was beginning to snow and the kitchen tent was a comfortable place for them to chat and have hot drinks this afternoon.
Melis Coady leading the June 23 AMS/Mt. Professionals expedition made a carry and cache of their gear, extra food and fuel at 10,000' today. They are camped at 7,800' tonight and plan to move to 11,200' camp tomorrow.
Josh Hoeschen leading the June 24 AMS expedition moved to 7,800' today. They will rest and then make a carry and gear, food, fuel cache to 9,800'-10,000' tomorrow - if weather permits.
Rob Gowler leading the June 25 AMS expedition is in Talkeetna at the AMS HQ. They were not able to fly in to the Alaska Range today due to un-flyable weather conditions. Today they: gear checked, lunch packed, NPS briefed, reviewed tent and packing techniques helpful for Denali and now they are wrapping up for the evening with a team dinner at a local restaurant.
Let's hope for sun soon for all of our climbers!