Field Report, April 30

April 30, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

 

TODAY'S STATS

Mt. McKinley

Mt. Foraker

Registered Climbers

799

9

Climbers Currently On Mountain

12

4

Completed Climbs

2

0

Number of Summits

1

0

Summit Percentage

50%

0%


The Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station also maintains a daily automated statistics phone line, so if this blog is lagging behind and you need up-to-date registration numbers, call (907) 733-9127. 


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.



2 Comments Comments icon

  1. May 03, 2015 at 10:45
     

    Very good information in an easily accessible format! Thanks for the blog posts and all that you do in the Alaska Range.

     
  2. May 01, 2015 at 02:41
     

    Thank you DNP Talkeetna Based Staff, This will be very helpful! Nicely done.

     
 
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