Saturday, May 20, 2017

Update From Our Teams in the Field

Denali West Buttress 5/4-5/25 led by AMS guide Kai Girard checked in this morning from 17,200'.  His report was that it was too windy up high to make a summit attempt and the temperature was -35˚F.  Sounds like a good day to stay in the sleeping bag!

Denali West Buttress 5/7-5/28 led by long-time AMS guide Mike Hamill checked in last night from 14,200'. They are hanging tight right now and watching the weather. Sounds like it is quite cold up there at the moment

Denali West Buttress 5/11-6/01 led by Elliot Gaddy cached around the corner yesterday.  They are looking good for a move to 14,200'.

Denali West Buttress 5/14-6/04 (Nate Opp) checked in moments ago.  They say "all is good" up there on the mountain.  They are at 11,200' and are acclimatizing by working high, sleeping low and consuming as much butter, bacon and cheese as possible.

Denali West Buttress 5/18-6/8 led by AMS guide Noah Ronczkowski said that they had great (and cold) travel conditions to 7,800' today.  They got into 7,800' around 11:00am so they are making excellent time.

Both the AMS 6 day Mountaineering Course and the AMS Advanced Mountaineering Course are prepared to fly back to Talkeetna tomorrow.  If the weather cooperates they should be back in the land of mosquitoes and green tomorrow afternoon.

AMS Guide Larry Holmgren is busy packing for a Custom 6 Day Mountaineering Course.  He'll be flying into the Alaska Range tomorrow
Looking up toward the fixed lines on Denali from 14,200'

Students using the skills they have learned in some breezy conditions

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