Friday, May 26, 2017

Update From Our Teams in the Field

Denali West Buttress 5/11-6/01 led by AMS lead guide Elliot Gaddy took a tour up to the fixed lines yesterday and are resting and waiting out weather at 14,200'.

Denali West Buttress 5/14-6/04 (Nate Opp) is also still waiting out weather at 14,200'.  They've been taking short day hikes to help with acclimatization while they wait for good conditions to move up.

Denali West Buttress 5/18-6/8 led by AMS guide Noah Ronczkowski said that they are in high spirits and working on they're digging skills at 11,200' camp.  It sounds like it's quite blustery and snowy all over the mountain.

Denali West Buttress 5/23-6/13 led by Colby Coombs managed to sneak through the clouds and onto the glacier today. They and are resting and acclimatizing at basecamp.  Having guided with Colby before I am very familiar with his tactics.  I suspect they are acclimatizing by eating as many quesadillas as possible right now.  It's a tactic that has been proven effective countless times by Colby himself.

The AMS Denali Prep Course is loading the van right now to head to the airport.  They have got ten days of learning ahead of them.  They are specifically focusing on skill that will enable them to climb to the top of North America.  The conditions they will experience out there and the skills they learn will give them a huge advantage when they come back to climb in Alaska again.

The AMS Headquarters is busy too.  We've got two Denali trips in the throes of packing.  Food, gear, paperwork, etc.  It's a good day to meet old friends, meet new friends and to plan ahead. Remember: PPPPPP
Proper prior planning prevents poor performance.  That's what we're all about!

Blustery conditions in the Alaska Range

AMS guide Chris Welch packing food for his upcoming Denali expedition

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