July 17, 2021
And then there were none.
July 10, 2021
Final few days on Denali; meanwhile, some rangers shift to some interesting post-season project work.
July 06, 2021
A fond farewell to friend and fellow ranger Dave Weber
July 03, 2021
Lower glacier holding its own thanks to some chillier nights and a little new snow.
June 26, 2021
Typical late season conditions on the lower glacier
June 22, 2021
A day in the life of an NPS basecamp patrol
June 19, 2021
Summit percentage reaches 60%
June 12, 2021
Quiet week, but a busy morning
June 05, 2021
Summits racking up, even a few on Mount Foraker.
May 29, 2021
A lively week on the upper mountain
May 27, 2021
Things that keep rangers up at night, both literally and figuratively
May 23, 2021
New snow, new summits, new outdoor briefing room
May 16, 2021
Field reports moving to weekly updates. First Denali summits of the year called in. Lower glacier conditions reports. Fatal serac fall in the Ruth.
May 08, 2021
Reports of a summit of Mount Hunter
May 07, 2021
A familiarization trip to the Ruth Glacier
May 05, 2021
Tragedy in the Alaska Range
May 03, 2021
First NPS West Buttress patrol of the season flies onto the mountain, while on the East Buttress, a climber is evacuated with HAPE
April 30, 2021
Patience. Flexibility. Tolerance for Adversity. (Plus some signs of spring!)
July 13, 2020
Denali celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the First All-Female Denali Expedition in 2020
May 15, 2020
When I was hired as a Denali Mountaineering Ranger last fall, this season is not exactly what I was expecting. As far as I can tell, this is a pretty commonly held sentiment across the entire United States and world. Spring of 2020: not exactly what we were expecting.
May 04, 2020
For those of you who have not experienced Alaskan hunkering, finding ways to keep the stoke alive and well through this COVID experience will serve you well when you get to fly in to Kahiltna Base Camp in the future.
April 17, 2020
Little did she realize as she excitedly headed into her first Denali mountaineering season, Ranger Michelle Dalpes' first -- and possibly only -- rigging 'patient' of the 2020 season would be a giant rubber marine buoy.
August 01, 2019
We hope you never get to fly with him.
July 22, 2019
A (not so) instant classic of a trip on the south side of the Alaska Range
July 15, 2019
No climbers left on Denali...season finishes up with a 65% summit rate.
July 09, 2019
All NPS patrols are now off the mountain...perhaps with the remaining 67 climbers ready to fly out today?!
July 05, 2019
A patient was flown from 14K today; patrol busy breaking down 14K
July 01, 2019
Only 9 or so (non-NPS) teams left on Denali.
June 28, 2019
Post-patrol ponderings of mountaineering ranger
June 27, 2019
Breezy conditions up high, temps mild with sunny skies.
June 24, 2019
Summit rates on both Denali and Foraker get a boost
June 20, 2019
Helicopter pilot Andy staying fairly busy yesterday and today
June 18, 2019
Much patrol movement over the weekend. Lower glacier still in great travel condition.
June 14, 2019
First summits of the year for Mount Foraker; Denali's summit percentage continues to rise during ridiculous stretch of clear, calm weather
June 12, 2019
Muldrow patrol on its way!
June 11, 2019
"This is my favorite kind of low pressure, the kind that feels like high pressure."
June 10, 2019
Lower glacier still in fantastic travel condition. Big patrol swap-out yesterday. Also, WARNING: ugly frostbite photo.
June 06, 2019
Electrical storms moved over the upper mountain yesterday, hindering many summit plans
June 05, 2019
Another big, beautiful summit day in progress
June 04, 2019
"I’m so thankful there are still mountains that put us in our place, keep our realities in check..."
June 03, 2019
The summit percentage jumped from 23% to 46% yesterday, as over 140 climbers flew out of basecamp. Most of them happy!
May 31, 2019
Thank you Denali Rescue Volunteers!
May 27, 2019
Snowy, windy, lively Memorial Day weekend on Denali.
May 24, 2019
475 climbers on mountain as of today...getting lively around here.
May 21, 2019
Two young brothers from Nome, Alaska are the first to stand on the summit of Denali this season!
May 20, 2019
Currently no teams are camped above 14K, although news from the hill the first summits of the season were recorded yesterday.
May 17, 2019
Clear, calm skies on Friday morning allowed for long awaited sling-load operations. Fixed lines (both up and down) should be in good form now.
May 16, 2019
Rapidly getting busier on Denali. The 14K patrol is working on fixed lines today, still awaiting more gear loads from BC. Upper mountain NPS patrol #3 flew in yesterday.
May 15, 2019
Play-by-play of a recent attempt of Mount Russell
May 14, 2019
Includes news release from recent Windy Corner short-haul rescue
May 10, 2019
Recent conditions reports from Ruth and Kahiltna Peaks.
May 09, 2019
Snow falling, wind blowing. But today a quick break in the weather allowed one NPS patrol to fly into basecamp, and another NPS patrol to fly out of the Ruth Gorge.
May 06, 2019
A graphic snapshot of last summer's weather on the Kahiltna, as well as an early overview of winter 2018/19 data.
May 06, 2019
Early trail reports from the West Buttress
May 03, 2019
The first of a two-part patrol report, this post discusses the background and history of climbing on Mount Russell.
May 02, 2019
Basecamp climbing update; first NPS patrol of the season is on its way up
April 22, 2019
Last climbing season, NPS staff and collaborators installed three new weather stations on Denali’s Kahiltna Glacier. The stations are meant to be permanent, and two are broadcasting hourly data that are available online to the public.
April 16, 2019
NPS rangers head into the Pika Glacier for pre-season avalanche training, but come away with much more
April 10, 2019
Climbing season -- as well as ranger training season - is well underway in Denali National Park.
July 26, 2018
It was a great year for women on Denali with many more to come.
July 11, 2018
A brief account of climbing rangers Jake Beren and Frank Preston climbing on Pika Glacier and traversing the range back to Talkeetna.
July 09, 2018
All off Denali and Foraker for the 2018 season
July 04, 2018
Only a handful of guided teams left on Denali, all up high. The lower mountain is a (wet and mushy) ghost town.
June 26, 2018
More new snow up high...rainy snow down low.
June 23, 2018
The Great Typhoon of 2018 is officially over.
June 23, 2018
Apologies for the lapse in Field Reports...we're back in action. Speaking of back in action, climbers are starting to move again after a prolonged snowstorm
June 20, 2018
Using technology to stay safe in the Alaska Range (or elsewhere!)
June 13, 2018
June 11, 2018
Change in the weather, change in personnel
June 08, 2018
Summit rate closing in on 50%; also, a frightening case of CO poisoning at 14K
June 06, 2018
Some frostbite and a false alarm
June 04, 2018
Climbers transitioning to night schedules; also info on helo rescue of an ataxic climber at Zebra Rocks
June 01, 2018
Summit percentage starting to rise after a streak of clear, calm days on top
May 28, 2018
Quiet, calm Memorial Day weekend on Denali (knock on wood)
May 25, 2018
Finally, a small wave of summitters checking back today, reporting stellar conditions on Denali.
May 23, 2018
The pickets on the traverse to Denali Pass reported in good shape, and the fixed lines are now ice-free. Multiple teams at, or moving to, high camp today.
May 21, 2018
Two search and rescues in the past 24 hours.
May 18, 2018
Patrol #2 makes it to 14 camp, still reports firm, windswept sastrugi from 11K and up.
May 17, 2018
Windy conditions up high, not much movement on the mountain
May 16, 2018
Several feet of new snow at lower elevations over the past several days; plus a new Talkeetna Ranger Station first! Staff feeling particularly spicy today.
May 10, 2018
The brief reprieve is over, snow is falling again. New route reports from Moose's Tooth and Mount Hunter.
May 09, 2018
NPS Patrol #2 flew in to Basecamp today
May 08, 2018
Climbers, rangers, and basecamp managers are all enjoying a couple day reprieve from snow and wind.
May 07, 2018
Finding those wildest of places is entirely up to you.
May 04, 2018
Digging out basecamp, plus route reports for Huntington, Peak 11,300, Ham & Eggs, Mini Moonflower
May 03, 2018
Meaty report: Includes recent snowfall totals, current avalanche hazard, first patrol of the season, and second rescue.
May 01, 2018
First Field Report of the season; meet the 2018 NPS team
April 30, 2018
Soldiers from U.S. Army Alaska's 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment help NPS Rangers transport camp supplies to the Kahiltna Glacier on April 22, 2018
April 27, 2018
A local pilot shares observations from the Range
April 23, 2018
Early Season Route Conditions
April 16, 2018
Denali mountaineering rangers train extensively in search and rescue skills every year in the hopes that they do not have to use them.
July 17, 2017
Even better than 4th of July fireworks, an NPS patrol enjoyed an otherworldy sky show on July 5th.
July 12, 2017
One team left enjoying the solitude and beauty of North America's highest peak
July 06, 2017
NPS patrols are now all off Denali
July 03, 2017
Reports of rockfall at Windy Corner
June 29, 2017
Numbers continue to dwindle; Basecamp operations getting packed up for the season.
June 27, 2017
Summit rate has inched up a bit after some near-perfect summit days
June 21, 2017
Longest day of the year, and its a beautiful one
June 19, 2017
Details on the first women's speed ascent record
June 18, 2017
Identity released of deceased climber at high camp
June 16, 2017
Rangers respond to an incident above high camp
June 16, 2017
Rangers responded to an incident above high camp
June 15, 2017
Continued cold temperatures make for good early morning glacier travel
June 13, 2017
Freezing temperatures have improved lower glacier travel
June 09, 2017
Follow up, including thank-yous to all VIPs, guides, and climbers who assisted
June 09, 2017
DOWN LOW: Waist deep post-holing in slush; UP HIGH: sustained 50 mph winds
June 06, 2017
Mountain operations returning to normal after a long, hectic day yesterday
June 05, 2017
Denali National Park and Preserve rangers responded to two concurrent mountaineering incidents starting in the early morning hours of Monday, June 5
June 02, 2017
An admittedly unorthodox way to celebrate your birthday
June 01, 2017
An estimated 100 climbers went for the summit yesterday
May 31, 2017
At last -- a perfect weather day!
May 30, 2017
Rangers get a helping hand on several rescues over the long weekend
May 26, 2017
Photos from the SW Ridge of Mt. Frances
May 25, 2017
Plenty of new snow at 7K, lots of wind up higher
May 24, 2017
First significant snowstorm of the season has begun
May 22, 2017
Not much activity on the upper mountain
May 19, 2017
Thank you for the sweet bikes, DRV!
May 17, 2017
A light snow is falling at basecamp this morning
May 15, 2017
Fixed lines all good to go; beware a sneaky crevasse just downglacier from Basecamp
May 12, 2017
West Buttress route conditions
May 10, 2017
Current conditions report for Kahiltna area peaks
May 09, 2017
First NPS patrol reaches 14 camp
May 05, 2017
Camp gear gets sling-loaded to 14K today; Talkeetna staff unwinds after 300+ children descend on the ranger station yesterday.
May 03, 2017
The NWS Forecast is now up
May 01, 2017
Kahiltna Glacier patrol report and photos, including Annie's Ridge, Radio Tower
May 01, 2017
First NPS patrol of the season heads up today
April 28, 2017
Let your ascent do the talking
April 27, 2017
Its still the calm before the storm in terms of numbers on Denali, though the number of climbers in the glaciated backcountry continues to pick up.
April 24, 2017
More route condition reports for Ruth peaks; first Pack-Out of the season
April 22, 2017
First climbers of the year reach the summit
April 20, 2017
Activity stats and snow conditions for Denali and peaks in the Ruth
April 20, 2017
Intro to the 2017 mountaineering rangers and support staff; Info on the 2017 Birthday Pack-Out Initiative
July 18, 2016
And Then There Were None...
July 15, 2016
A small handful of climbers still enjoying the solitude of late season on Denali
July 13, 2016
Still 11 left on the mountain
July 11, 2016
The last NPS patrol is now off the mountain, with Chinooks coming in the next day or two to extract camp gear
July 08, 2016
14 camp has officially closed up shop for the season
July 06, 2016
Upper mountain gets more snow after a couple day lull
July 05, 2016
Permanent marker installed at Windy Corner
July 01, 2016
Denali Storm Jenna...more sound than fury
June 29, 2016
A Note to InReach and Spot users
June 29, 2016
Forecast calls for heavy snow and wind
June 28, 2016
Pika conditions report, plus basics on the Pika-Wildhorse-Tokositna overland traverse to Talkeetna.
June 28, 2016
Rounding up, the summit percentage reaches 60%
June 27, 2016
Rangers treat another HACE patient; also a current conditions report from Little Switzerland
June 24, 2016
An incident up high yesterday morning resolved itself with help from fellow climbers
June 22, 2016
Clear, but windy day on the upper mountain
June 21, 2016
A submission and video from Mission Memorial Day.
June 17, 2016
Climber with severe HAPE evacuated from high camp early this morning
June 15, 2016
Climber succumbs to illness on upper mountain
June 14, 2016
Birthday party on the summit
June 10, 2016
Night travel is the name of the game
June 09, 2016
Summit rate is climbing (no pun intended)
June 06, 2016
Weekend weather included everything but the kitchen sink.
June 03, 2016
Storm Frances gently blankets the mountain
June 03, 2016
Storm Frances gently blanketing the mountain in snow
June 02, 2016
Light to moderate snow on the lower mountain
June 01, 2016
Another gorgeous day on the upper mountain
May 31, 2016
Busy, beautiful days on Denali
May 27, 2016
Weather forecast was literally blown off the dry erase board at 14K
May 26, 2016
Evans still packing a punch
May 25, 2016
Because we take poop seriously on Denali we are continuing studies regarding the breakdown and movement of human waste crevassed on the Kahiltna Glacier. Additionally we are gathering information on snow accumulation, melt and movement of the glacier.
May 25, 2016
Reports of frostbite from up high
May 24, 2016
Denali Storm 'Evans' approaches
May 19, 2016
Summit percentage took an upward jump
May 18, 2016
Some quick patrol observations and photos from a couple weeks ago
May 18, 2016
Patrol #1 replaced a portion of the fixed lines yesterday; windy up high
May 17, 2016
Nine mountaineers reached the summit on May 13
May 16, 2016
Rumors of the first summits of the season
May 13, 2016
Crosson repeater finally in; NPS rangers and slingloads both arrive at 14K
May 10, 2016
Not much new to report, but a cool photo
May 09, 2016
First NPS Patrol en route to 11,000-foot camp today
May 06, 2016
Invasion of the little people!
May 05, 2016
First NPS patrol of the season flies into Basecamp today
May 04, 2016
Photos and trip report from recent patrol on West and East Kahiltna Peaks
May 03, 2016
The first Denali 'set-up' patrol is in Talkeetna, prepping for their Thursday launch
May 02, 2016
FAA webcam gets installed today
April 29, 2016
Lots of new route condition updates from throughout the Alaska Range
April 27, 2016
Rangers share mountaineering messages with local kids
April 26, 2016
22 climbers now on Denali; first patient of the season evacuated.
April 25, 2016
Big thanks to the U.S. Army HART team who hauled in NPS camp gear over the weekend
April 22, 2016
Not much new to report, just a change in statistics and a new pretty photo
April 21, 2016
Field notes from the Ruth and Tokositna Glaciers
August 03, 2015
Photos and field observations from an early July patrol on the Eldridge Glacier, including a packraft exit to the Parks Highway via Ohio Creek
July 22, 2015
All off...at least for now
July 17, 2015
Now just two climbers left on Denali
July 14, 2015
Just two teams left on Denali
July 13, 2015
Late season conditions update from both the West Buttress and the Muldrow
July 09, 2015
Foggy, rainy week on the Eldridge Glacier
July 06, 2015
All NPS patrols off the mountain now
July 02, 2015
A rainy night at Basecamp, with a snowy night above. But on the bright side -- fun wedding photos!
June 30, 2015
Summit percentage is approaching 60% as teams report great conditions and weather up high
June 25, 2015
Basecamp getting a little soupy
June 24, 2015
Wildfire smoke making for hazy days on mountain
June 17, 2015
NPS and FAA have placed a webcam at the base of Mt. Hunter
June 16, 2015
Lower glacier still holding out, though some light rockfall due to warming temps
June 15, 2015
Rangers assist a frostbite patient, plus a USGS survey team heads into the Range to update the elevation of Denali
June 12, 2015
Fly day. Skies have cleared, but winds have kicked up
June 11, 2015
Weather still a little rough, but a good forecast is on the horizon
June 10, 2015
Shovels busy at lower elevations
June 08, 2015
At last, a nice weekend. Plus shared photos (and now VIDEO too!!) from a recent Huntington climb...
June 05, 2015
Patiently waiting for weather to clear
June 04, 2015
Another quiet, snowy day on the hill
June 03, 2015
Quiet, snowy day in the mountains; rainy day in Talkeetna
June 02, 2015
Summit percentage is finally rising
June 01, 2015
Autobahn has been re-routed with new pickets/draws
May 29, 2015
High camp recovery mission completed this morning
May 28, 2015
First summit of the spring season was recorded yesterday, with more anticipated in the days to come
May 27, 2015
More teams finally moving up to high camp
May 26, 2015
Hard slab avalanche was triggered near the fixed lines yesterday afternoon
May 25, 2015
Camps are digging out after a windy, snowy weekend
May 21, 2015
Trail around Windy Corner has been re-routed; severe winds persist up high
May 19, 2015
The population is growing at 14,200-foot camp
May 18, 2015
Calm after the storm, teams moving up
May 15, 2015
Mountain weather conditions may intensify tomorrow
May 14, 2015
Weather station is up and running now at 14,200-camp
May 13, 2015
First reports of frostbite from up high
May 12, 2015
Reports of avalanche activity in the Alaska Range
May 11, 2015
Patrols start to ascend again after a long snowy weekend
May 08, 2015
Route observations, photos from 4/27 to 5/4
May 07, 2015
Big day at the Talkeetna Ranger Station.
May 06, 2015
Includes new West Buttress trail conditions update (7.8K to 14K)
May 05, 2015
Includes an activity report for climbs in and around Basecamp
May 04, 2015
Today in the Alaska Range
May 01, 2015
Today in the Alaska Range
April 30, 2015
Observations and route conditions the last week of April 2015
April 30, 2015
Today in the Alaska Range.
April 29, 2015
Today in the Alaska Range...
April 28, 2015
Today's update from the Alaska Range...
April 27, 2015
The first Field Report of the season, containing registration statistics, weather observations, ranger update, and an early conditions report.
April 24, 2015
An introduction to Denali's new mountaineering blog.