Wednesday, June 14, 2017

AMS Denali Team updates

It was another good day in the mountains.

Please note: the photos we post on our blog posts are AMS archive photos and, unless noted are not of the current teams. We post photos of the areas where the teams are or travelled through on that day, and if possible similar weather conditions. However, the climbing conditions and weather depicted may not be the same as the team is experiencing. Our intent is to give the readers of this post an idea of where the teams are and what they are seeing up there, we hope you enjoy!

5/27 Denali, West Buttress, "Team Lucy" Expedition led by Wes Bunch, Jake Kayes, and Lexie Hunsacker got up early and have arrived to high camp just now We are thrilled for them. It is a clear day up there with reported 15-20 mph winds, resulting in cold temperatures. On these days we are thankful for super warm handwear to travel the ridgeline. They are getting fantastic views!

5/28 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Larry Holmgren and Chris Welch rested at 17,200' high camp today. They hope for good weather for a summit attempt tomorrow. They enjoyed their rest day today in the warmth of their tents. It was blowing15-20 mph with a temperature of about -15 degrees F in high camp today. Spirits are high.
AMS photo by guide Simon of the 16k ridge

6/4 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Jeremiah Phelps are doing well at 14,200' today Today they went back down to 13,500' to retrieve their previously cached gear, food, and fuel, as planned. They may carry up the fixed lines to 16,400' tomorrow.

Military Training Expedition with Colby Coombs is doing well. They moved to 14,200' in very good time and in good spirits today. They will be covering a lot of information at and above 14,200' camp, it's a great location for this training. 
AMS archive photo of a clear day at 14,200' camp with Mt. Hunter in the background

6/8 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Mark Postle and Michael Gardener carried to 13,500, just past Windy Corner proper today. They had good weather and reported that the snow and travelling conditions were in very good shape. All is well.
AMS climbers moving from 11,000' to 14,200' camp. Views.

6/11 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Mike Hamill and Simon Fretz-Albrecht flew into Kahiltna Glacier base camp today and were very happy to do so after their wait in Talkeetna. Good luck team!

AMS photo of heartbreak hill, the first part of the West Buttress route out of basecamp with views of Crosson coming out of the clouds. 

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