Monday, May 30, 2016

AMS all mountain update

AMS 5/11 Denali Led by Larry Holmgren and Jake Kayes have endured some true mountain weather, they were not able to climb higher due to high winds on the ridge and at high camp. Therefore, they descended late last night and have arrived at Kahiltna Basecamp. They are doing well and are currently waiting to fly out, the clouds are preventing flights in to pick them up. 

AMS Custom Denali 5/17 led by Erik Remza and Jimmy Voorhis are at 14,200' today. They took a day trip to carry their food, fuel and gear for the upper mountain to the top of the fixed lines, cached and returned to 14k camp. They are feeling good and having fun out there. 

AMS 5/18 Denali led by Dustin English and Michael Gardner with Team Lebanon have settled into 14,200' camp and retrieved their cache from windy corner today. They plan to travel higher to put in a cache at the top of the fixed lines at 16,300' tomorrow. 

AMS Custom Denali Traverse 5/21 led by Todd Tumolo and Aaron Devine have settled into 14,200' camp and retrieved their cache from windy corner today. They plan to move higher to put in a cache for high mountain and traverse food, fuel and gear at 16,300' tomorrow. 

AMS 5/22 Denali led by Nate Opp and Scott Patch also have settled into 14,200' camp and retrieved their cache from windy corner today. They plan to travel higher to cache high mountain items at 16,300' tomorrow. 

AMS 5/25 Denali led by Noah Ronczwski, Jeremiah Phelps and Leigh Frye are having a good day at 11k camp, they rested and back-carried to pick up the rest of their gear they cached the other day. They are hoping to make a carry upwards to the Windy Corner area tomorrow, everyone is doing well.

AMS custom climb led by Dustin Eroh is doing well. They have a basecamp set-up at Kahiltna Glacier, close to where the Denali basecamp climbers are, and they have their eyes set on east ridge of Frances. They are working on skills in camp today as Kahiltna received about 8 inches of fresh snow last night and the snow conditions need to settle a bit. 
AMS archive photo of Mt. Frances, great looking peak.

AMS guide Tom Torkelson photo of Mount Hunter and the 14,000' glacier plateau,on Denali; view from the fixed lines.

AMS guide Tom Torkelson photo: near Windy Corner, Denali 

More info to come soon, we don't expect to hear from each team daily, as their main focus is the hard work of climbing and living well; and then absorbing the beauty and all that the big mountains have to offer.  Rest assured that we have a great on-mountain network of climbers and communications if ever an AMS team is in need, assistance is near by.

We are thrilled for all of our climbers and guides, they are feeling healthy and playing it smart. Well done.

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