Field Report, June 16

June 16, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

TODAY'S STATS

Mt. McKinley

Mt. Foraker

Registered Climbers

1,067

15

Climbers Currently On Mountain

403

2

Completed Climbs

554

13

Number of Summits

241

4

Summit Percentage

44%

31%


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Weather Report

14,200 feet - Skies were clear this morning, with a few cirrostratos clouds overhead.  Winds are calm, though gusts are up to 26 mph from the east.   

In the last 12 hours:
Current temp:  16 F (-9 C)
Low temp: 14  F (-10 C)
High temp:   19 F (-7 C)   

7,200 feet - A few clouds are overhead, with an 8 mph wind from the east, gusting to 19 mph from the east. Daytime temperatures are WARM.

In the last 12 hours:

Current temp: 41 F (5 C)
Low temp: 34 F (1 C)
High temp: 41 F (5 C) 

National Weather Service forecast  


Ranger Update

NPS Denali Patrol #4 (Chenoweth, 4 VIPs) has seen a lot of action 17,200-feet. Following a successful lowering and evacuation of a frostbite patient on Sunday, the patrol has been busy assisting a climber with mild signs of HAPE at high camp. 

NPS Denali Patrol #5 (McBrayer, 4 VIPs) are hanging around at 14,200-foot camp today. 

NPS Denali Patrol #6 is (Gentzel, Corn, + 4 VIPs) are moving up the West Buttress from 9,600-feet to the 11,200-foot camp.    

NPS Basecamp Patrol #5 (Shain + 1 VIPs) are positioned at Basecamp today.

And might as well mention it here, but the primary compiler of these Field Reports (M. Gualtieri) is out of the office this week, and working hard to get the posts input in a timely manner...but nevertheless, some might be posted later in the day than usual!  Thanks for your patience. 


Route Conditions

Ranger Mik Shain at Basecamp reports that the lower glaciers are still in surprisingly decent travel condition so far, despite the warm temperatures and blazing sun. Nevertheless, they are starting to decline and most climbers are travelling on a night schedule to take advantage of cooler nighttime temps.

Ranger Joey McBrayer has heard report of some light rockfall activity between Windy Corner and the Headwall as a result of increasing temperatures.  

Sounds like yesterday was a big summit day!

Photos of the Day

 View from Talkeetna

A recent view of the Range from Talkeetna (NPS Photo/M. Gualtieri)

Last updated: July 21, 2015

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