Denali Dispatches

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Denali National Park's mountaineering blog contains periodic feature stories on life in the Alaska Range, as well as almost-daily Field Reports containing mountain statistics for Denali and Foraker, weather observations, and route conditions on Denali and other climbing areas of the Alaska Range.

Sundog Spectacular

July 17, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Even better than 4th of July fireworks, an NPS patrol enjoyed an otherworldy sky show on July 5th.

 

Field Report, July 14, 2017

July 14, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

The 2017 season is DONE!

 

Update for July 12 2017

July 12, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

One team left enjoying the solitude and beauty of North America's highest peak

 

Field Reports, July 6, 2017

July 06, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

NPS patrols are now all off Denali

 

Field Report, July 3, 2017

July 03, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Reports of rockfall at Windy Corner

 

Field Report, June 29, 2017

June 29, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Numbers continue to dwindle; Basecamp operations getting packed up for the season.

 

Field Report, June 27, 2017

June 27, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Summit rate has inched up a bit after some near-perfect summit days

 

Field Report, June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Longest day of the year, and its a beautiful one

 

Field Report, June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Details on the first women's speed ascent record

 

Field Report, June 18, 2017

June 18, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Identity released of deceased climber at high camp

 

Field Report, June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Rangers respond to an incident above high camp

 

Field Report, June 15, 2017

June 15, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Continued cold temperatures make for good early morning glacier travel

 

Field Report, June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Freezing temperatures have improved lower glacier travel

 

Follow-up on Monday's Rescues

June 09, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Follow up, including thank-yous to all VIPs, guides, and climbers who assisted

 

Field Report, June 9, 2017

June 09, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

DOWN LOW: Waist deep post-holing in slush; UP HIGH: sustained 50 mph winds

 

Field Report, June 7, 2017

June 07, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

A welcome day of quiet

 

Field Report, June 6, 2017

June 06, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Mountain operations returning to normal after a long, hectic day yesterday

 

Two Climbers Rescued from the Kahiltna Glacier

June 05, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Denali National Park and Preserve rangers responded to two concurrent mountaineering incidents starting in the early morning hours of Monday, June 5

 

A Progress Report on the Birthday Pack-Out Initiative

June 02, 2017 Posted by: Roger Robinson and Maureen Gualtieri

An admittedly unorthodox way to celebrate your birthday

 

Field Report, June 2, 2017

June 02, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Another day in paradise

 

Field Report, June 1, 2017

June 01, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

An estimated 100 climbers went for the summit yesterday

 

Field Report, May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

At last -- a perfect weather day!

 

Field Report, May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Rangers get a helping hand on several rescues over the long weekend

 

Field Report, May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Photos from the SW Ridge of Mt. Frances

 

Field Report, May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Plenty of new snow at 7K, lots of wind up higher

 

Field Report, May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

First significant snowstorm of the season has begun

 

Field Report, May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Thank you for the sweet bikes, DRV!

 

Field Report, May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Business as usual

 

Field Report, May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

A light snow is falling at basecamp this morning

 

Field Report, May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Fixed lines all good to go; beware a sneaky crevasse just downglacier from Basecamp

 

Field Report, May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

West Buttress route conditions

 

Field Report, May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Current conditions report for Kahiltna area peaks

 

Field Report, May 9, 2017

May 09, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

First NPS patrol reaches 14 camp

 

Field Report, May 5, 2017

May 05, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Camp gear gets sling-loaded to 14K today; Talkeetna staff unwinds after 300+ children descend on the ranger station yesterday.

 

Field Report, May 3, 2017

May 03, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

The NWS Forecast is now up

 

Kahiltna Patrol Report

May 01, 2017 Posted by: David Weber

Kahiltna Glacier patrol report and photos, including Annie's Ridge, Radio Tower

 

Field Report, May 1, 2017

May 01, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

First NPS patrol of the season heads up today

 

Some Thoughts on Climbing

April 28, 2017 Posted by: Ranger Dan Corn....(mostly!)

Let your ascent do the talking

 

Field Report: April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

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.

 

Field Report, April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

More route condition reports for Ruth peaks; first Pack-Out of the season

 

Field Report, April 22, 2017

April 22, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

First climbers of the year reach the summit

 

Field Report, April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Activity stats and snow conditions for Denali and peaks in the Ruth

 

2017 Season Opener

April 20, 2017 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Intro to the 2017 mountaineering rangers and support staff; Info on the 2017 Birthday Pack-Out Initiative

 

Field Report, July 18

July 18, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

And Then There Were None...

 

Field Report, July 15

July 15, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

A small handful of climbers still enjoying the solitude of late season on Denali

 

Field Report, July 13

July 13, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Still 11 left on the mountain

 

Field Report, July 11

July 11, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

The last NPS patrol is now off the mountain, with Chinooks coming in the next day or two to extract camp gear

 

Field Report, July 8

July 08, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

14 camp has officially closed up shop for the season

 

Field Report, July 6

July 06, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Upper mountain gets more snow after a couple day lull

 

Benchmark at Windy Corner

July 05, 2016 Posted by: Laura Wright

Permanent marker installed at Windy Corner

 

Field Report, July 1

July 01, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Denali Storm Jenna...more sound than fury

 

Never Cry Wolf

June 29, 2016 Posted by: Tucker Chenoweth

A Note to InReach and Spot users

 

Field Report, June 29

June 29, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Forecast calls for heavy snow and wind

 

Pika Patrol Report

June 28, 2016 Posted by: Chris Erickson, Maureen Gualtieri

Pika conditions report, plus basics on the Pika-Wildhorse-Tokositna overland traverse to Talkeetna.

 

Field Report, June 28

June 28, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Rounding up, the summit percentage reaches 60%

 

Field Report, June 27

June 27, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Rangers treat another HACE patient; also a current conditions report from Little Switzerland

 

Field Report, June 24

June 24, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

An incident up high yesterday morning resolved itself with help from fellow climbers

 

Field Report, June 22

June 22, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Clear, but windy day on the upper mountain

 

Field Report, June 21, 2016

June 21, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

A submission and video from Mission Memorial Day.

 

Field Report, June 17

June 17, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Climber with severe HAPE evacuated from high camp early this morning

 

Field Report, June 16

June 16, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Another patrol swap day

 

Field Report, June 15

June 15, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Climber succumbs to illness on upper mountain

 

Field Report, June 14

June 14, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Birthday party on the summit

 

Field Report, June 10

June 10, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Night travel is the name of the game

 

Field Report, June 9

June 09, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Summit rate is climbing (no pun intended)

 

Field Report, June 7

June 07, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Patrol swap day

 

Field Report, June 6

June 06, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Weekend weather included everything but the kitchen sink.

 

Field Report for June 3, 2016

June 03, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Storm Frances gently blankets the mountain

 

Field Report, June 2

June 02, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Light to moderate snow on the lower mountain

 

Field Report, June 1

June 01, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Another gorgeous day on the upper mountain

 

Field Report, May 31

May 31, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Busy, beautiful days on Denali

 

Field Report, May 30

May 30, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

"Nicest day so far"

 

Field Report, May 27

May 27, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Weather forecast was literally blown off the dry erase board at 14K

 

Field Report, May 26

May 26, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Evans still packing a punch

 

The Science of Poop

May 25, 2016 Posted by: Laura Wright

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.

 

Field Report, May 25

May 25, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Reports of frostbite from up high

 

Field Report, May 24

May 24, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Denali Storm 'Evans' approaches

 

Field Report, May 23

May 23, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Climbers getting antsy

 

Field Report, May 20

May 20, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

"Ready for Armaggedon"

 

Field Report, May 19

May 19, 2016 Posted by: M. Gualtieri

Summit percentage took an upward jump

 

West Ridge of Hunter

May 18, 2016 Posted by: Joey McBrayer

Some quick patrol observations and photos from a couple weeks ago

 

Field Report, May 18

May 18, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Patrol #1 replaced a portion of the fixed lines yesterday; windy up high

 

Field Report, May 17

May 17, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Nine mountaineers reached the summit on May 13

 

Field Report, May 16

May 16, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Rumors of the first summits of the season

 

Field Report, May 13

May 13, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Crosson repeater finally in; NPS rangers and slingloads both arrive at 14K

 

Field Report, May 12

May 12, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Westman's World!

 

Field Report, May 10

May 10, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Not much new to report, but a cool photo

 

Field Report, May 9

May 09, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

First NPS Patrol en route to 11,000-foot camp today

 

Field Report, May 6

May 06, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri and Laura Wright

Invasion of the little people!

 

Field Report, May 5

May 05, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

First NPS patrol of the season flies into Basecamp today

 

Kahiltna Peaks Patrol Report

May 04, 2016 Posted by: Dave Weber

Photos and trip report from recent patrol on West and East Kahiltna Peaks

 

Field Report, May 3

May 03, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

The first Denali 'set-up' patrol is in Talkeetna, prepping for their Thursday launch

 

Field Report, May 2

May 02, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

FAA webcam gets installed today

 

Field Report, April 29

April 29, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Guatlieri and Mark Westman

Lots of new route condition updates from throughout the Alaska Range

 

Earth Day Festivities

April 27, 2016 Posted by: Laura Wright

Rangers share mountaineering messages with local kids

 

Field Report, April 26

April 26, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualteiri

22 climbers now on Denali; first patient of the season evacuated.

 

Field Report, April 25

April 25, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri and Mark Westman

Big thanks to the U.S. Army HART team who hauled in NPS camp gear over the weekend

 

Field Report, April 22

April 22, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Not much new to report, just a change in statistics and a new pretty photo

 

Field Report, April 21

April 21, 2016 Posted by: M. Gualtieri and R. Robinson

Field notes from the Ruth and Tokositna Glaciers

 

Office Report, April 19, 2016

April 19, 2016 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

We're Back!

 

Eldridge Glacier Patrol Report

August 03, 2015 Posted by: Chris Erickson and Mik Shain

Photos and field observations from an early July patrol on the Eldridge Glacier, including a packraft exit to the Parks Highway via Ohio Creek

 

Field Report, July 22

July 22, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

All off...at least for now

 

Field Report, July 17

July 17, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Now just two climbers left on Denali

 

Field Report, July 14

July 14, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Just two teams left on Denali

 

Field Report, July 13

July 13, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Late season conditions update from both the West Buttress and the Muldrow

 

Field Report, July 9

July 09, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Foggy, rainy week on the Eldridge Glacier

 

Field Report, July 8

July 08, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Today's mountain stats

 

Field Report, July 6

July 06, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

All NPS patrols off the mountain now

 

Field Report, July 2

July 02, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

A rainy night at Basecamp, with a snowy night above. But on the bright side -- fun wedding photos!

 

Field Report, July 1

July 01, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Season winding down

 

Field Report, June 30

June 30, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Summit percentage is approaching 60% as teams report great conditions and weather up high

 

Field Report, June 29

June 29, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Camps packing up

 

Field Report, June 26

June 26, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Raven mess cleaned up

 

Field Report, June 25

June 25, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Basecamp getting a little soupy

 

Field Report, June 24

June 24, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri and Roger Robinson

Wildfire smoke making for hazy days on mountain

 

Field Report, June 21

June 21, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

"Super nice"

 

Field Report June 19

June 19, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

The summer heat is on

 

Field Report, June 17

June 17, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri, Roger Robinson

NPS and FAA have placed a webcam at the base of Mt. Hunter

 

Field Report, June 16

June 16, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Lower glacier still holding out, though some light rockfall due to warming temps

 

Field Report, June 15

June 15, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri, Chris Erickson, Roger Robinson

Rangers assist a frostbite patient, plus a USGS survey team heads into the Range to update the elevation of Denali

 

Field Report, June 12

June 12, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Fly day. Skies have cleared, but winds have kicked up

 

Field Report, June 11

June 11, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Weather still a little rough, but a good forecast is on the horizon

 

Field Report, June 10

June 10, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Shovels busy at lower elevations

 

Field Report, June 8

June 08, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

At last, a nice weekend. Plus shared photos (and now VIDEO too!!) from a recent Huntington climb...

 

Field Report, June 5

June 05, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Patiently waiting for weather to clear

 

Field Report, June 4

June 04, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Another quiet, snowy day on the hill

 

Field Report, June 3

June 03, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Quiet, snowy day in the mountains; rainy day in Talkeetna

 

Field Report, June 2

June 02, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Summit percentage is finally rising

 

Field Report, June 1

June 01, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Autobahn has been re-routed with new pickets/draws

 

Field Report, May 29

May 29, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

High camp recovery mission completed this morning

 

Field Report, May 28

May 28, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

First summit of the spring season was recorded yesterday, with more anticipated in the days to come

 

Field Report, May 27

May 27, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

More teams finally moving up to high camp

 

Field Report, May 26

May 26, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri and Joseph McBrayer

Hard slab avalanche was triggered near the fixed lines yesterday afternoon

 

Field Report, May 25

May 25, 2015 Posted by: M. Gualtieri

Camps are digging out after a windy, snowy weekend

 

Field Report, May 22

May 22, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Business as usual

 

Field Report, May 21

May 21, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Trail around Windy Corner has been re-routed; severe winds persist up high

 

Field Report, May 20

May 20, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

More wind up high

 

Field Report, May 19

May 19, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtiieri

The population is growing at 14,200-foot camp

 

Field Report, May 18

May 18, 2015 Posted by: M. Gualtieri

Calm after the storm, teams moving up

 

Field Report, May 15

May 15, 2015 Posted by: M. Gualtieri

Mountain weather conditions may intensify tomorrow

 

Field Report, May 14

May 14, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Weather station is up and running now at 14,200-camp

 

Field Report, May 13

May 13, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

First reports of frostbite from up high

 

Field Report, May 12

May 12, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Reports of avalanche activity in the Alaska Range

 

Field Report, May 11

May 11, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Patrols start to ascend again after a long snowy weekend

 

Mount Foraker, Sultana Ridge Patrol

May 08, 2015 Posted by: Dave Weber

Route observations, photos from 4/27 to 5/4

 

Field Report, May 8

May 08, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Snow is falling

 

Field Report, May 7

May 07, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Big day at the Talkeetna Ranger Station.

 

Field Report, May 6

May 06, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Includes new West Buttress trail conditions update (7.8K to 14K)

 

Field Report, May 5

May 05, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Includes an activity report for climbs in and around Basecamp

 

Field Report, May 4

May 04, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Today in the Alaska Range

 

Field Report, May 1

May 01, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Today in the Alaska Range

 

Ruth Glacier Patrol - SW Face of Mt. Dan Beard

April 30, 2015 Posted by: Mik Shain

Observations and route conditions the last week of April 2015

 

Field Report, April 30

April 30, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Today in the Alaska Range.

 

Field Report, April 29

April 29, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Today in the Alaska Range...

 

Field Report, April 28

April 28, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

Today's update from the Alaska Range...

 

Field Report, April 27

April 27, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

The first Field Report of the season, containing registration statistics, weather observations, ranger update, and an early conditions report.

 

Welcome to 'Denali Dispatches'

April 24, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri

An introduction to Denali's new mountaineering blog.

 

Last updated: July 21, 2015

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