Monday, June 19, 2017

AMS Denali Teams Update

6/4 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Jeremiah Phelps and Scott Patch have moved to high camp at 17,200'. They moved to 17,200' today from 16,200' and they had a nice move. They loved they perch camp at 16,200' last night and staying there made it a significantly quicker move upward today. 

16,600' on the ridge with the fresh snow,  above a feature named Washburn's Thumb. We are betting it looked similar to this photo for the team today after the recent snowfall. Photo Tom Torkelson.

Military Training Expedition with Colby Coombs had a weather/rest day at 17,200' camp while they continue to wait for the winds to settle up high for a summit attempt.  They were happy to see the June 4th team arrive into high camp and warmly welcomed them! Colby mentioned that he said AMS was looking great on Denali with all teams working together, laughing, and enjoying each-other's company. We can feel the teamwork from here at the HQ, and are proud of all of our climbers and hardworking guides.  

Some of the views from High camp, 17,200' photo: Mike Janes

6/8 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Mark Postle and Michael Gardener had a restful day at 14,200' today and are looking forward to the higher mountain and some improving weather.
Previous AMS climbers at 14,200' camp with the upper nearly 6000' of Denali in the background.

6/11 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Mike Hamill and Simon Frez-Albrecht most likely made a carry to windy corner today. This is a good group and lots of fun. 

AMS climbers enroute from 11,000' to 13,200', Windy Corners. This is a more flat section nicknamed the polo field. Denali National Park and Preserve Wilderness area is seen to the north in the background. Photo: Tom Torkeslon

6/16 Denali West Buttress Custom "Team Hiro" led by AMS Guide, Alex Stroud and Curtis Green moved to 7,800' camp last night/ early morning with beautiful clear weather. They reported seeing lots of crevasses, but moved through them safely and the surface snow froze solidly which makes for much better traveling conditions out there. They report all is well.
Earlier this season on the Kahiltna Glacier  between basecamp, aprox. 7,400'. Mt. Francis in the back ground. Photo: Dave Wade, AMS guide

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