Field Report June 19

June 19, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

TODAY'S STATS

Mt. McKinley

Mt. Foraker

Registered Climbers

1,076

15

Climbers Currently On Mountain

316

0

Completed Climbs

675

15

Number of Summits

337

4

Summit Percentage

50%

27%


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Weather Report

14,200 feet - Sky = severe clear, wind 5 mph from the northeast, gusts to 7 mph.   

In the last 12 hours:
Current temp:  9 F (-13 C)
Low temp:  9 F (-13 C)
High temp:   28 F (-2 C)   

7,200 feet - Sky = severe clear, with 6 mph wind from the east, gusts to 14 mph. 

In the last 12 hours:
Current temp: 39 F (4 C)
Low temp: 37 F (3 C)
High temp: 41 F (5 C) 

National Weather Service forecast  


Ranger Update

NPS Denali Patrol #4 (Chenoweth, 4 VIPs) is back at 14,200-foot camp. If all goes well, they plan to descend to Basecamp later today, and fly home to Talkeetna tomorrow.

NPS Denali Patrol #5 (McBrayer, 4 VIPs) is now camped at 17,200 feet. The patrol is assisting a climber with symptoms of HAPE today. Lots of climbers coming and going from the summit during these long sunny, calm days.  

NPS Denali Patrol #6 is (Gentzel, Corn, 4 VIPs) is ascending to 14,200-foot camp today where they will relieve Chenoweth, et al, from their duties. As climber numbers taper for the season, the patrol will be gradually breaking down 14,200-foot camp infrastructure.

NPS Basecamp Patrol #5 (Shain + 1 VIP) is holding fort at Basecamp, where a nice downglacier wind has been keeping things surprisingly comfortable despite the warm temperatures.

The Mount Hunter ice core researchers gave their research presentation last night (Thursday) at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. (We originally reported here that it might happen Friday (tonight), apologies go out to those interested parties who didn't get word on time!)  For more information on this impressive climate change research being conducted in the Alaska Range, check out the project's fact sheet: Learning about Climate Change from Ice Cores


Route Conditions

The steady glaring sun has left the snow surface crusty and variable in the 14,200 foot basin. 

High temperatures have generated rockfall activity at Windy Corner, as well as the stretch between Windy Corner and the Headwall.  

Climbers definitely on a night schedule for lower glacier travel to take advantage of cooler nighttime temperatures. 

Photo of the Day 

VIPS working on the fixed pickets on the AutoBahn

We're often asked why the Autobahn, or the traverse up to Denali Pass between 17,400-feet and 18,200-feet, is the site of so many falls. This photo provides an idea of the slope angle and the traversing nature of the route that often catches climbers off guard, particularly on the descent.  In the photo, NPS volunteers are installing pickets and draws for rope teams to clip into for fall protection.  (NPS Photo/VIP Sue Wolff)

Last updated: July 21, 2015

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