Saturday, June 24, 2017

AMS Denali Expedtions and 12 day Moutaineering Course Update

The 6/10 Military Training Team led by Colby Coombs returned to Talkeetna yesterday afternoon. The team arrived at base camp early yesterday morning, they got some well-deserved rest as they waited for the weather to clear.
Busy Basecamp

Team traveling down
6/11 Denali, West Buttress led by Mike Hammil and Simon Frez-Albrecht carried some of their food, fuel, and gear to 16,200' yesterday. Today they moved to high camp at 17,200'! They have their fingers crossed for good weather tomorrow.

previous AMS team moving up the fixed lines!

6/16 Denali West Buttress "Team Hiro" led by Curtis Green and Dave Wade are doing well, yesterday they climbed down to pick up their previously cached items at 9,600' This day can feel almost like a rest day because it is a fairly short time on the trail. Today they carried, food, fuel and high altitude gear to the Windy Corner are. They will camp at 11,200 again tonight, and plan to move to 14,200' tomorrow.  
AMS at Windy Corner, 13,300' on Denali's West Buttress Route.
6/18 Denali West Buttress Team led by Josh Hoeschen and Chelsea Bomba reports that they had a mellow back carried today to 9,600' yesterday.  Today they continued their progress upwards today and carried to 13,000'. They are back in 11,000 camp drinking water, eating and acclimatizing. They plan to move to 14,200' camp tomorrow. 

AMS Climbers making their way to Windy Corner and 13,200'. The vast view is of Denali National Park's wilderness areas. 

6/21,  12 day Mountaineering Course on the Pika Glacier (a branch of the AlaskaRange's Kahiltna Glacier) is doing very well, the team moved their camp and have experienced a variety of weather condition include a whiteout (meaning you can't see very far in front of you, you are either in a cloud, or in a snow storm) and sunny blue skies. The instructor team report that they are happy and healthy!

Previous AMS student practicing crevasse rescue in the Alaska Range.

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