Field Report, April 30

April 30, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri



Mt. McKinley

Mt. Foraker

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Weather Report:

Basecamp had a trace of new snow overnight.  A few clouds were overhead at 8:00 am this morning, winds were out the east at 7 mph, and the morning temperature was 9 F (-13 C).

In the last 24 hours at 7,200-feet:
Low temp: 7 F (-14 C) 
High temp: 18 F (-8 C)

National Weather Service forecast  

Ranger Update:

The first Denali patrol of the season is busy packing today in Talkeetna. The patrol will be led by Rangers Erickson and Westman, and includes four NPS Volunteers-in-Parks (VIPs) and two Air National Guard Pararescuemen from Anchorage.  The 8-member patrol flies into Basecamp on May 2; the larger-than-average patrol is necessary as they are responsible for setting up the 14,200-foot camp infrastructure as well as any necessary trail marking and fixed line maintenence.  

Rangers McBrayer and Shain returned yesterday from a patrol in the Ruth Amphitheater; their patrol report will be posted separately.  

Rangers Chenoweth and Weber are on a climbing patrol of the Sultana Ridge of Mt. Foraker.

Route Conditions:

Still no specific West Buttress route condition reports this early in the season, however according to climber reports around Basecamp and on Mt. Frances, snow conditions are good, with a nice firm snowpack making for easy travelling. 

Photo of the Day:

A ranger hangs from a short-haul line under a helicopter.

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