Field Report, May 24

May 24, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

TODAY'S STATS

    Denali    

Mt. Foraker

Registered Climbers

968

18

Climbers Currently On Mountain

410

16

Completed Climbs

88

2

Number of Summits

29

0

Summit Percentage

33%

0%

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Weather Report

7,200 feet - Lisa Roderick is back at basecamp as of yesterday, and weather-wise, she already feels it spooling up for a storm. 'It's gonna get windy in here'.  As of 8 am, there were few clouds, a steady 7 mph wind out of the east, gusting to 15 mph. Despite heavy overcast skies last night, there was no snow accumulation overnight.

In the last 12 hours:
Current temp:  -11 C / 12 F
Low temp:  -11 C / 12 F
High temp:  -5 C / 23 F

14,200 feet -  Another cold and cloudless morning at 14,200 feet. Wind speed was 2 mph from the northwest, with gusts of 19 mph from the east. A trace of snow overnight. 

In the last 12 hours:
Current temp:  -22 C / -8 F
Low temp:  -24 C / -11 F
High temp:  -17 C / 1 F


FAA Kahiltna Glacier webcam 

National Weather Service forecast  


Ranger Update

NPS Denali Patrol #1 (Erickson, Coady, 2 GRTE rangers, 2 VIPs)  The patrol is at 14K, happy to share camp wtih Patrol #2, at least for a few days. If they get a good weather window, they will ascend to the 17,200 foot camp.

NPS Denali Patrol #2 (McBrayer and 4 VIPs). The patrol finally got a change of scenery. After a week at 11,200-feet, they reached the 14,200 foot camp yesterday evening. 

NPS Denali Patrol #3 (Corn, 4 VIPs, 2 PJ's) Ranger Dan Corn and his fellow patrol members flew into basecamp late yesterday afternoon. They will remain in camp today doing crevasse rescue training, and should begin their ascent tomorrow.

NPS Basecamp Patrol #1 (Reichert, 1 northside ranger, 1 VIP)  Joe, Adam, and Kakiko flew out of basecamp yesterday.

NPS Basecamp Patrol #2 (Robinson, 1 northside ranger, 2 VIPs)  The patrol also arrived at basecamp yesterday evening, and they will also do some crevasse rescue training later today.  


Route Conditions

Conditions are very similar to yesterday, with happy weather at 14K, but grim wind conditions up high. With such fine weather in camp, there's a tendency to second guess the wind forecast up high -- a few teams did day trips up the fixed lines yesterday, but no teams made the full move up to high camp. 

Rangers at 14K have established a deeper, more personal relationship with this season's windstorms. In the tradition of naming tropical storms, rangers have dubbed the significant weather events as 'Denali Storm Art', 'Bradford', 'Claude', and 'Daryl'.  The current wind event that is starting to kick up was recently christened 'Denali Storm Evans', and they expect Evans will linger awhile. 


Photo of the Day

 Warbler and Foraker
A Wilson's Warbler finds itself in unfamiliar terrain at the Kahiltna Basecamp. NPS Photo/Adam Mehlhorn  

Last updated: August 18, 2016

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