Saturday, June 17, 2017

AMS Moving in the Mountains: AMS Mountain Update

AMS Denali Expeditions Update

5/27 Denali, West Buttress, "Team Lucy" Expedition led by Wes Bunch, Jake Kayes, and Lexie Hunsaker departed 14,200' camp this afternoon and will be enjoying a descent through the night, it is a quiet climb down the mountain and plenty of hard work as they haul their equipment down from this amazing journey they have had! the weather was lightly snowing and it is are on a clearing trend for their walk down.  

AND 5/28 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Larry Holmgren and Chris Welch left 14,200' this morning and have arrived at Basecamp by early evening. It was snowing lightly  so they travelled with care. But the light snow wont allow for good enough visibility to fly planes so the local air taxi's are on standby and awaiting clear weather to fly. 
Previous AMS team leaving 14,200' camp, photo: Tom Torkelson

AMS photo of climbers moving in hazy snow. 

AMS photo of climbers keeping high spirits in cloudy snowy conditions. 

6/4 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Jeremiah Phelps  are at 14,200' camp tonight after a good day of carrying up the fixed lines to acclimatize and cache food, fuel and gear for high camp. They are excited to get going upwards, they hope that tomorrow will be the day.

AMS on the fixed lines, 14,200' camp and Mt. Hunter beyond. 

6/8 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Mark Postle and Michael Gardener
Are at 14,200' camp as well and are doing very well. They "back carried" which means they went down to Windy Corner today to retrieve their previously cached food, fuel and gear that they will use higher up. They are doing well and are in great spirits.
looking down toward Windy Corner on a windy day from 14,200'

Military Training Expedition with Colby Coombs moved to high camp at 17,200' today and are doing well. They reported that the weather was very clear up there this evening. They had a good move upwards.

View From high camp, looking out Alaska Range and at 14,200' camp far below.

6/11 Denali, West Buttress Expedition led by Mike Hamill and Simon Frez-Albrecht 
are had a weather day at 7,800' will rest and await the right weather to make their move to 11,000'.

AMS photo of the views 11,200' camp
AMS photo of AMS guide Curtis Green taken by fellow guide Simon Frez-Albrecht while shoveling out camp at 11,000' 

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