Saturday, May 13, 2017

Update From Our Teams in the Field

AMS guide Kai Girard checked in from 14,200ft on Denali yesterday. The 5/4-5/23 AMS West Buttress trip had a "splendid" move.  I believe it too.  The weather looks fantastic!

The AMS Advanced Mountaineering Course led by John Sykes also sent us a message.  They are already learning tons of skills and went to climb Explorer's Peak in the Ruth Amphitheater yesterday.  John says, "Everyone is doing great."  The Ruth is an excellent place for this advanced course to go.  Not only is the climbing and location fantastic, but the amount of climbing history in the Ruth is prodigious.  It's been called "the crucible of alpine climbing" and many of the greatest alpinists in history have struggled and succeeded within.  I'm sure the Advanced Mountaineering Course is going to have fantastic stories of their own to tell once they get back to town!

AMS guides Mike Hamill and Jeremiah Phelps checked in from 11,200ft camp as well.  They are making great time.  They back carried yesterday and picked up their cache at 10,500ft.  Their plan today is to carry to 13,500 and put in a cache there.  The team is strong, healthy and making the most of this weather window.

AMS Guides Elliot Gaddy and Simon Frez-Albrecht flew into Kahiltna Basecamp yesterday after a productive day of glacier travel classes.  Their team had great attitudes and were ready to get moving.
The south and east faces of Mt. Dickey in the Ruth Gorge

Overview of where our Denali teams are

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