Field Report for June 3, 2016

June 03, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri



Mt. Foraker

Registered Climbers



Climbers Currently On Mountain



Completed Climbs



Number of Summits



Summit Percentage



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Weather Report

7,200 feet - Same as yesterday...the lower mountain is still in a ping pong ball. Skies are obscured, with snow falling. Very limited visibility. They received another 10 cm of new snow overnight, bringing the total storm accumulation to 16 cm.  With a couple degree colder temperatures, the snow isn't quite as heavy and wet as it was yesterday.  Wind is calm, with gusts up to 7 mph from the south. 

In the last 12 hours:
Current temp:  -2 C / 28 F
Low temp:  -1 C / 30 F
High temp:  -2 C / 28 F

14,200 feet -  Also the same report as yesterday...lightly snowing at 8 am.  They received about 5 cm of new cm of snow last night. Wind was calm, with gusts up to 8 mph from the south.

In the last 12 hours:
Current temp:  -12 C / 10 F
Low temp:  -17 C / 1 F
High temp:  -15 C / 5 F


FAA Kahiltna Glacier webcam 

National Weather Service forecast

Ranger Update

NPS Denali Patrol #2 (McBrayer and 3 VIPs) The patrol is camped at 17,200 feet. The upper mountain winds are calm, but skies were still pretty cloudy as of mid-day today.  If visibility improved, the team was intending to climb up and inspect the Autobahn pickets.

NPS Denali Patrol #3 (Corn, 4 VIPs, 2 PJ's)  Dan and crew are busy conversing with lots of teams going up, and lots of teams going down. 

NPS Denali Patrol #4 (Shain, 4 VIPs)  Whiteout conditions kept the team at 7,800 another night, today might be more of the same.

NPS Basecamp Patrol #3 (Preston, 1 VIP)  Sticking around camp due to the whiteout conditions -- shovelling, helping stomp the runway, and making rounds. Based on reports from Dan at 14K, the population at basecamp is going to steadily increase as climbers stack up waiting for a flight out. Currently, no one is flying... 

Route Conditions

Upper mountain:  Small, but steady accumulations of new snow are turning the hard-packed blue snow to a soft white, a welcome trend for more stable footing.

Lower mountain:  New snow and cooler temperatures are good for the trail, though some good ol' trail-breaking is in order.

Recent Mount Hunter observations:  

"Tried the route (Moonflower Buttress) 3 days ago. Lots of running water even at midnight. We think it might be done for the season" (left 5/30/16 by J. Henriquez and R. Slowinski).  

"West Ridge.....Made it part way up rock band -- difficult mixed climbing (soft sugar snow, loose rock) so turned around. Snow OK in the a.m., but goes soft in p.m. Ice after Cat Ears is good, protectable. NW Basin route looked too challenging and dangerous to attempt." (left 6/1/16 by Sarah Strattan and Matt Lemke)

Photo of the Day

Clouds roll in over 14,200-foot camp
Denali Storm Frances rolls into 14K camp...the view from just above the clouds at ~15,000 feet.  NPS Photo/Jon Waterman 

3 Comments Comments icon

  1. June 15, 2016 at 06:45

    Thanks to both Gayle and John for your comments! Glad the blog is helpful to you. For Gayle, Dahr sounds like he's doing great...they head up to high camp tomorrow or the day after. After the snowy start, they've had lovely weather. And to John, maybe you've heard back from your son already -- I hope all went well on their climb. Its hard to put an average percentage on the summit success rate of the Cassin Ridge since there are so few attempts. Last year, all 13 climbers who attempted it reached the top, so 100%. The year before that, 4 out of 5 folks made it to the top, so that meant 80%. But if you navigate from our main Mountaineering home page on the website, you can find the annual figures in the Annual Mountaineering Summaries. From there, you should be able to find a spreadsheet that our webmaster put together this spring showing the breakdowns by year. Its kind of confusing to find, but I found it on the 2015 page, a link called just "mountaineering statistics". I hope you find it, and if you do, I hope you find it helpful!

  2. June 15, 2016 at 09:26

    Hi, my son Phil and his friend climbed Denali via the West Buttress on 6/10, today, they are attempting to summit by Cassin Ridge. About what percent of climbers summit via Cassin Ridge? Thanks, I enjoy your blog!! I tried to leave a comment on the June 14 post, but could not find how to do it.

  3. June 07, 2016 at 12:50

    We appreciate the Ranger Updates, hearing what the weather is doing, and the route conditions. Then to have a picture as well, just great! Thanks for the effort. We check this everyday, since our son, Dahr is on Denali Patrol #4.

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