Monday, June 20, 2016

June 20: Solstice AMS Mountain Update: Clearing Skies & Return of 6/1 Wes Bunch crew!

AMS 6/1 Denali led by Wes Bunch and Chris Welch HAVE RETURNED from Kahiltna basecamp. Everyone is in good spirits and happy to be back with a summit under their belt. Congratulations to this team who is back and we can tell it was a great expedtion. 

Unpacking at AMS headquarters

AMS photo by Matt Fisher from May 2016 Denali video at 14k camp with views of high camp and guide Jake shoveling to keep snow from building up around tent in the winds. To view Matt's full video, check out link:

AMS 6/2 West Rib Denali led by Kai Girard departed from 11K today and if the travel goes well for them they are expected to arrive in basecamp later afternoon.  They could be back in Talkeetna as soon as this evening, or tomorrow morning.

AMS 6/5, Denali led by Rob Gowler and John Sykes remain at 17,200' high camp. They report that the weather has cleared at camp and they have a sunny, clear and calm day up there. They are spending the day drying out gear and getting ready for a summit attempt tomorrow, of course it is all dependent on if the weather is good, of which they have high hopes! 
Everyone on the team still has really high spirits. They will be tracking live on their way up tomorrow.

AMS 6/6 Denali: Tyler Armstrong led by Nate Emerson, Lhawang Dhondup and Dave Wade are moving to 17,200' high camp today!  They are looking forward to a new location and are doing well.

17,200' High Camp and Denali Pass

AMS Archive photo of high camp at 17,200'

AMS 6/8 Denali led by Larry Holmgren are organizing equipment and food at 14,200' today with plans for a move to high camp tomorrow. They are well and are enjoyed the calmer weather today. 

AMS 6/11 Denali: Old Men Jimpy Team led by Adam Fabrikant, Aili Farquhar and Jim Williams are camped at 14,200' tonight after accomplishing an acclimatization climb this morning, these guys are doing well and having fun up there!  
14,200' camp and the route upwards to the fixed lines is seen on the left snow slope.

AMS photo by Tom Torkelson, views from 14,200' camp. 

AMS 6/12 Denali led by Josh Hoeschen and Chelsea Bomba are holding tight at 11,200' camp, they are excited to be moving upward.They cached today to 13,600' and are ready to move to 14,200' camp tomorrow. They are well! 

Rounding Windy Corner at 13,400' on a perfect day.

AMS photo of the polo field in the shadows and view of Denali National Parklands beyond, approximately 12,600-12,900' 

AMS 6/14 Denali: Duncan Team led by Mark Postle, Mike Gardner, Curtis Green and Simon Frez-Albrecht back carried today, which is they went down to 10,000' to retrieve their previously cached food, fuel and gear. They are at 11,200' camp tonight and will likely carry more food, fuel and gear to Windy Corner at 13,500' tomorrow. 

AMS photo by T.Torkelson of 10,200' hill. 

AMS 6/15 Denali led by Mike Hamill, Jimmy Voorhis and Emma Lyddan moved to 11,200' today they are doing well out there and are happy to be setting up a new camp higher up!

AMS photo of 11,200' camp and nicely built snow walls - good work team AMS.

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