Field Report, June 6

June 06, 2019 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri
 

TODAY'S STATS

    Denali    

Mt. Foraker

Registered Climbers

1,181

13

Climbers Currently On Mountain

528

2

Completed Climbs

377

11

Number of Summits

173

0

Summit Percentage

46%

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.


 

Mountain Weather


Quick rundown:  Another nice looking day today, at least as of this morning.

Weather station telemetry data from 7K and 14K are transmitted hourly to the MesoWest website, including temperatures, wind speed, wind direction, snowfall, and solar radiation.  MountainWeather.com compiles a Denali Weather page, complete with links to the MesoWest data, the NWS Denali Climbing Forecasts, as well as links to FAA webcams. 

Click here for the National Weather Service Denali Climbing Forecast

Click here for the FAA webcam on the Kahiltna Glacier
 

Ranger Reports



NPS 14K Patrol #3 - (Erickson/Baldwin)  Chris and Travis and crew decided to stay in high camp yesterday, where they stayed busy helping treat multiple frostbite injuries incurred during recent summit attempts.  Yesterday, an estimated 125 climbers went for the summit, but most turned back due to rapidly changing weather cells, including brief thunder and electrical storms.  A party at Zebra Rocks (18,500-feet) reported 'zapping and buzzing ice axes', though there were no reports of injuries. 

NPS 14K Patrols #4 and #5- (Weber, Gault)  The two small patrols have temporarily combined forces to handle camp affairs. Together they also treated multiple frostbite injuries yesterday in the 14K medical tent. 

NPS 14K Patrol #6 - (Westman) Patrol is camped at 11,000-feet, where they will acclimate for a couple days.

NPS 7K Patrol #5 - (Preston)  Another early morning patrolling the glaciers and surrounding peaks near Basecamp.
 

***For more tales from the hill, check out Denali Rescue Volunteers (DRV) on Facebook and Instagram.***


Photo of the Day


Two climbers about to set up camp on a bright snowy glacier
Oliver and Wilson Hoogendorn, the two brothers from Nome, Alaska who were first to reach the summit in 2019, seen here prepping for their ski descent of the Rescue Gully.  Photo courtesy of Jason Antin, who joined them for the ski down the gully.  

Last updated: June 6, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Phone:

(907) 683-9532
A ranger is available 9 am—4 pm daily (except on major holidays). If you get to the voicemail, please leave a message and we'll call you back as soon as we finish with the previous caller.

Contact Us