Thursday, June 15, 2017

AMS Denali Team updates

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!
AMS photo by Tom Torkelson

2 teams holding and resting at high camp; 17,200': 

5/27 Denali, West Buttress, "Team Lucy" Expedition led by Wes Bunch, Jake Kayes, and Lexie Hunsaker  
5/28 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Larry Holmgren and Chris Welch 

Weather for high camp this evening is: TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS 10 BELOW TO 23 BELOW ZERO.
NORTHEAST WINDS 25 MPH. These are normal temperatures for higher on the mountain. Everyone is doing well and maintaining camp. 
AMS photo of a feature called the diving board near 17,200camp by guide Josh Hoeschen

3 Teams at 14,200':

6/4 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Jeremiah Phelps 
Military Training Expedition with Colby Coombs
6/8 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Mark Postle and Michael Gardener have arrived safe and sound to 14camp from 11,200'. They have just finished settling in building camp after a long travel day. They will get some well deserved rest tonight and are camped in the middle of the other 2 AMS teams. 
AMS photo of moving to 14camp with wind and clouds in the area. 
AMS photo of 14 camp  snowy tents with Foraker in the background, by Tom Torkelson
AMS photo of lenticular clouds from 14,200' camp. Typically lenticular clouds mean windy up higher. Denali creates it's own weather patterns. 

Lower Glacier: 

6/11 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Mike Hamill and Simon Frez-Albrecht have most likely moved up to 7,800' 

AMS photo by Josh Hoeschen of 7,800' camp with views of Mt. Francis, which gained its name from the original basecamp manager Francis. 

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