Field Report, June 9

June 09, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri



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Weather Report

7,200 feet -  Broken skies today, cumulous clouds at 12,000 feet. Wind was 2 mph out of the northwest, with gusts to 12 mph out of the east. Melis didn't observe any new snow fall overnight, but this morning they did witness a rogue snow squall from about 10 am to noon.  

In the last 12 hours:
Current temp:  3 C / 37 F
Low temp:  2 C / 36 F
High temp:  -2 C / 28 F

14,200 feet -  Mik reports a few clouds overhead, with a coud ceiling down below at 11,000 feet. Wind was 3 mph out of the south with noticeable gusts to 30 mph out of the southwest. No new snow overnight. 

In the last 12 hours:
Current temp:  -16 C / 3 F
Low temp:  -18 C / 12 F
High temp:  -9 C / 16 F


FAA Kahiltna Glacier webcam 

National Weather Service forecast

Ranger Update

NPS Denali Patrol #3 (Corn, 4 VIPs, 2 PJ's)  The whole team is moving up to high camp today, will be identifying abandoned caches on the ridge.

NPS Denali Patrol #4 (Shain, 4 VIPs)  Mik Shain has assumed command of 14 camp...though all is quiet and under control today.

NPS Denali Patrol #5 (Gentzel, 3 VIPs)  Coley and his 3 volunteers are on a night schedule, they took off for 7,800 camp at 10:30 last night.

NPS Basecamp Patrol #4 (Coady, 1 VIP) Melis and Bace went on a climb of Mount Frances last night, but are busy in camp today, assisting climbers in their comings and goings from basecamp.


Route Conditions

Normal crevasses are opening up near the 11,000-foot camp, but the rest of the trail appears to be in great shape.  That said -- perhaps its this 'great shape' giving teams a false confidence -- but too many teams have been observed travelling un-roped on the lower glacier lately. Don't do it -- travelling un-roped is NOT ADVISED!  Crevasse falls are always a potential hazard when travelling on the lower glacier.

Photo of the Day

 A look inside the ranger tent at 14 camp
An inside look at the ranger tent at 14 camp -- Ranger Chris Erickson reports the weather to Talkeetna staff, while VIP Ben Weaver enjoys a good read. NPS Photo/Steve Mock

Last updated: August 18, 2016

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