Monday, June 26, 2017

AMS Mountain News: Denali and 12 Day Mountaineering Course

6/11 Denali, West Buttress led by Mike Hamill and Simon Frez-Albrecht made a strong attempt for the summit yesterday to 18,800'.  At that elevation they had to turn back due to high winds and cold temperatures. They have returned to 14,200' this afternoon and plan to move onwards down to 11,000' tonight.  the weather can be frustrating, but is not something we are in control of, so we do our best to make the right choices for our safety up there. This teams has worked hard and done a great job climbing up there in good style. Congrats!

AMS on the super scenic ridge between 16,200' and 17,200' 

6/16 Denali West Buttress "Team Hiro" led by Curtis Green and Dave Wade are doing well, they moved to 14,200' yesterday and today are back carrying to the Windy Corner area to pick up their previously cached items, they followed that by resting and acclimatizing to the new altitude today.  All is well. Tomorrow they will either rest or carry to 16,200', top of the fixed lines. 
AMS moving up from 11,000' at about 12,000' in a steep area with much exposure, a place to take great care!

6/18 Denali West Buttress Team led by Josh Hoeschen and Chelsea Bomba Moved to 14,200 yesterday in good style. They are feeling well, resting, covering classes on fixed lines and running protection techniques all while acclimatizing at 14,200' today. Tomorrow they plan to carry up to the top of the fixed lines 16,200'. 

14,200' camp in mid ground with the expanse of the Alaska Range beyond. Climbers shown are at aprox. 15,000' 

6/21,  12 day Mountaineering Course on the Pika Glacier are doing well and having a great time. Yesterday the went rock climbing on some warm Alaska Range granite and made it back to their camp right before the rain. They also saw some fresh wolverine tracks on the glacier! 

AMS students rock climbing in the Pika Glacier.

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