Friday, June 17, 2016

June 17 AMS Mountian Update: Windy

On Denali it was a nice day on at lower and mid elevations; at higher elevations the winds  picked up signifigantly through the day.  

AMS 6/1 Denali led by Wes Bunch and Chris Welch departed 17,200' camp this afternoon to go to 14,200' camp for the night. This sounds like a happy team, they all put in some strong work!  If the weather is good, we can expect to see them as soon as late Saturday  night or Sunday morning here in Talkeetna. 
AMS descending the 16 K Ridge

AMS 6/2 West Rib Denali led by Kai Girard have arrived into 14,200' camp this afternoon and are doing well. They will sleep there tonight and enjoy the camaraderie of climbers and AMS friends at this fun loving camp, they have been warmly welcomed. They plan to descend tomorrow evening to basecamp if the weather is good for that. 

Rest stop on summit day on the Upper West Rib

West Rib Route photo: Josh Hoeschen

AMS 6/5, Denali led by Rob Gowler and John Sykes remain at 17,200' high camp today. The winds picked up early this morning above high camp, so they will wait until they calm to go higher. They are doing well in camp; building snow walls, napping, snacking and building more snow walls. They were ready for the winds to pick up.
17,200' high camp on Denali's West Buttress Route they have more walls built than shown in the this photo today.

AMS 6/6 Denali: Tyler Armstrong led by Nate Emerson, Lhawang Dhondup and Dave Wade are feeling great at 14,200' while building walls and having fun in camp. They didn't move higher today, to avoid travelling in the winds on the narrow ridge line between 16,200' and 17,200' camp. This team will wait for a nice day to move higher, they have plenty of time on thier side. 

AMS 6/8 Denali led by Larry Holmgren carried to 16,200' today, they are well and are sleeping at 14,200' tonight and when weather allows will move to high camp.  

AMS 6/11 Denali: Old Men Jimpy Team led by Adam Fabrikant, Aili Farquhar and Jim Williams have arrived into 14,200' camp!  They are doing well and feeling happy to be there.  They will be based at 14,200' for several days as they acclimatize and work on fine tuning technical skills that they want to have perfected as they climb higher up on more exposed terrain.
Snow Kitchen and camps at 14,200' photo Tom Toreklson

View From 14,200' looking down on winds pouring over Kahiltna Pass and surrounding peaks

AMS 6/12 Denali led by Josh Hoeschen and Chelsea Bomba picked up their previsouly cached extra food, fuel and gear at 9,800' feet today, this is called a back carry. They plan to front carry to 13,500', the Windy Corner area tomorrow.  All is going well with this team.
AMS Climbers leaving 11,200' camp, Photo: AMS Guide, Noah Ronczowski

AMS 6/14 Denali: Duncan Team led by Mark Postle, Mike Gardner, Curtis Green and Simon Frez-Albrecht carried and cached extra food, fuel and gear to 10,000' last night, they are doing well and feeling strong. They slept at 7800' today and plan to move to to 11,200 tonight.

AMS 6/15 Denali led by Mike Hamill, Jimmy Voorhis and Emma Lyddan moved to 7800', camp one last night. They plan to carry to 10,000' tonight. All is well!

AMS Packing up at 7,800' Camp One
AMS moving camp at the top of "Ski Hill" about 8,200' on the West Buttress Route.

Just for fun, We thought you'd like to see this. 

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