Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMS 12 Day Mountaineering Course- D'Alessio Update

AMS guide Nick D'Alessio just called in at 5:30 pm on July 29th, 2015 to say the group is having a great time out on the Pika glacier. They explored today practicing their glacier travel and crevasse skills near firn line, which is a line across the glacier, from edge to edge, that marks the transition between exposed glacier ice and the snow covered surface of a glacier. During the summer melt season, this line migrates up-glacier. At the end of the melt season, the firn line separates the accumulation zone from the ablation zone. (USGS reference)

This exposure is good, as the conditions are more mushy by the firn line and mountaineers can encounter this en route to their destination in the Alaska Range, depending on the time in the season. Great skill set to practice in a safe and monitored way.

Everyone is having a great time, just a bit of rain, but nothing keeping them from doing their scheduled classes and remaining active. Good group.

Jeff Pflueger, fellow adventurer, photo on the Ruth glacier near firn line. 

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