Field Report, July 14

July 14, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

TODAY'S STATS

Mt. McKinley

Mt. Foraker

Registered Climbers

1,089

15

Climbers Currently On Mountain

10

0

Completed Climbs

1,077

15

Number of Summits

614

6

Summit Percentage

57%

40%


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Weather Report

NPS daily weather observations are done for the season.

FAA Kahiltna Glacier webcam

National Weather Service forecast  


Ranger Update

Rangers Chris Erickson and Dan Corn and pilot Andy Hermansky flew to various landing strips and glacier camping areas yesterday -- Tokositna, Buckskin, Eldridge, Ruth Glaciers -- scanning for any melted out trash or other waste. All in all, the glacier landing strips were in great shape, with no major messes and only a bag or two of garbage was collected.  Chris and Dan were then left at the Mountain House and will ski, hike, and packraft back to Talkeetna.  

Otherwise, rangers, with tremendous help from YCC student Nick Pedersen, continue cleaning, packing, drying, inventorying, and replenishing camp supplies.


Route Conditions

West Buttress - Groups just coming off the West Buttress reported a lot of fresh snow on the upper mountain in the last week or two, both between 11k and 14k, as well as above high camp. Once the snow stopped falling, the weather turned beautiful, but climbing was slow going with arduous trail-breaking. The pickets on the autobahn were well-buried and somewhat difficult to find. Nevertheless, teams with time and stamina were successful in reaching the summit. 

Muldrow Glacier - The NOLS team that climbed via the Muldrow Glacier Route returned this weekend. Sounds like the same storm that dumped snow on the West Buttress was intensified on the north side of the range. Significant snowfall and wind drifts up to 8 feet were reported.  Large, naturally occurring avalanches were observed on all aspects.      


Photo of the Day

 Great Icefall - Ian Shive
The Great Icefall of the Kahiltna Glacier  (Photo courtesy of Ian Shive)

Last updated: July 21, 2015

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