Sunday, May 29, 2016

AMS Denali 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 today due to high winds on the ridge and at high camp. They remain at 14,200' today, tonight they will consider their options.
14,200' camp snow walls and the view up to part of the 16,000' ridge with high winds.  The photo shows spin-drifting snow, demonstrating a windy time time when climbers would be waiting at 14,200' to ascend.
AMS Custom Denali 5/17 led by Erik Remza and Jimmy Voorhis are at 14,200' today. They are feeling good and having fun out there. 

AMS 5/18 Denali led by Dustin English and Michael Gardner with Team Lebanon made the moved to 14,200' camp today, they moved well. 

AMS Custom Denali Traverse 5/21 led by Todd Tumolo and Aaron Devine moved to 14,200' camp today, they are doing great.

AMS 5/22 Denali led by Nate Opp and Scott Patch also moved to 14,200 today, they too, are doing well.

A note about moving 14,200' camp: The first move to 14,200' is always a lot of hard work for everyone while the body is adjusting to the new altitude; these teams did a great job today and all reports from AMS say they ate a nice hot dinner and all are happy.  It seems like these teams will come back with some great stories and an AMS nickname. 
AMS moving up and around from 11,200' camp and towards Windy Corner
AMS Teams rounding Windy Corner

14,200' camp  and looking up to the route ahead; the headwall to the left, ridge and and high camp at 17,200'

14,200' camp and looking south to the Alaska Range and at Mt. Hunter directly ahead.

AMS 5/25 Denali led by Noah Ronczkowski, Jeremiah Phelps and Leigh Frye moved into the 11,200' camp today. They are excited to be moving up and are feeling strong. 
AMS moving up on the upper Kahiltna Glacier from 7,800' camp to 11,200'
AMS Climber with a pack and sled load.
11,200' camp and view looking to the North West.

More info to come on other teams 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 peace of the big mountains. Please rest assured that we have a great mountain network of climbers and communications if ever an AMS team was in need, help 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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