Thursday, June 16, 2016

June 16 AMS Mountain Update

It was another spectacular day in the Alaska Range!!!  We feel so very fortunate to be working and climbing with so many wonderful people this season, please find updates below.  

AMS 6/1 Denali led by Wes Bunch and Chris Welch are making their way towards the summit today, we wish them the best up there!

AMS Climbers at aprox. 18,600'  near the top of Denali Pass. Photo AMS Guide Tom Torkelson

AMS 6/5, Denali led by Rob Gowler and John Sykes moved to 17,200' high camp today and spent a few hours building a nice camp site.  If the weather holds, they will make a summit attempt early tomorrow morning.
AMS Climber on the 16K ridge weather is similar to this today!

AMS 6/6 Denali Tyler Armstrong led by Nate Emerson, Lhawang Dhondup and Dave Wade  Carried up the fixed lines to 16,200' today and this helped them acclimatize, they are feeling great and hope to move to high camp tomorrow. 
AMS on the fixed lines, with snowy conditions.  the cluster of specs in the mid ground is 14K camp tents can be seen as well!

AMS 6/8 Denali led by Larry Holmgren back carried to Windy Corner today, which feels like a semi-rest day. They enjoyed their afternoon resting at 14,200, after the back carry.  They are planning to make a carry upwards to 16,200' tomorrow. 

AMS at Windy Corner

AMS 6/11 Old Men Jimpy Team led by Adam Fabrikant, Aili Farquhar and Jim Williams made the move to 11,200' last night under beautiful alpenglow. They are having a civilized rest day today that started with hashbrowns and bacon, pretty yummy.

AMS 6/12 led by Josh Hoeschen and Chelsea Bomba moved to 11,200' last night and are doing very well! 

11,200' camp

AMS 6/12 Six Day Mountaineering Course led by AMS instructors Jake Kayes, Reese Doyle, Becca Erdman are having a great time on the Pika glacier, they will travel back to the pick up site tonight and plan to be back at the AMS HQ around noon tomorrow.
Previous AMS camp on the pika Galcier

AMS 6/14 Duncan Denali team led by Mark Postle, Mike Gardner, Curtis Green and Simon Frez-Albrecht moved to Camp One at 7,800' last night and are feeling very strong. They are thankful to be in the mountains with such a super team of great people and strong climbers. 
7,800' camp

AMS 6/15 AMS Denali led by Mike Hamill, Jimmy Voorhis and Emma Lyddan have arrived into Kahiltna Glacier base camp complete with two large pizza's for dinner.  They will set up camp to rest for a several hours and then, as is our norm, travel in the middle of the night to camp one at 7,800', they are in for a real treat tonight, the weather is great and the alpenglow will be spectacular. Why move in the night? To avoid the heat and take advantage of freezing temps for a firmer snowpack, local knowledge helps... a lot. 
Kahiltna Basecamp with Mt Hunter in the background. Great spot!

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