Sunday, June 11, 2017

AMS Update from our Alaska Range Teams

A good day in the mountains today, all AMS teams remain healthy and happy.

Currently at 14,200' and still awaiting the weather to improve, our two patient AMS teams: 

The 5/28 West Buttress, Denali Expedition led by Larry Holmgren are looking forward to clearing weather and when it does they are hoping to move to 17,200' high camp.

The 5/27 West Buttress, Denali "Team Lucy" Expedition led by Wes Bunch are still smiling and are looking forward to weather to improve as well, so they can make a carry of food, fuel and gear to the top of the fixed lines at 16,300'. 

Below are photos of the terrain that is above 14,200', where these teams are headed!
AMS on the fixed lines, The Alaska Range, Mt. Hunter and 14,200' camp beyond.

The snowy slope that the fixed lines are on and the ridge leading to high camp. Photo taken from high camp, 17,200"

The 6/4 West Buttress expedition led by Jeremiah Phelps are doing well.  They are at 11,000' tonight after making a carry to windy corner today where they cached supplies of food, fuel and gear that they will use up higher.  They hope to move to 14,200' tomorrow if weather permits.

Climbing at 12,000' 
View from Windy Corner
After the Windy Corner cache is put in, AMS descending back to 11,000' camp with empty sled and a faster pace.

6/8 West Buttress, Denali Expedition led by Mark Postle and Michael Gardener moved to 7,800' early this morning to take advantage of cooler temperatures and today they carried to 10,000' Everyone is doing well! Mark said that is was clearing up on the lower mountain this afternoon, so they are enjoying some views!
AMS and the terrain between 7,800 and 10,000'

Life Below Zero with AMS guide and Film Safety and Camera Operator, Rob Gowler reports in that all is going well, and they will be wrapped up soon, lots of great footage to be seen from this one!

NAVSOC Military Training is doing well, and jumping right into it all at Basecamp, on the Kahiltna Glacier. We expect them to move efficiently up to higher altitudes while continuing their mountain training.

A view from the flight in of Denali' summit

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