Field Report, May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri



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7,200 camp:   Skies were obscured by clouds last night and today, with Lisa reporting a cloud layer sitting on top of the glacier this morning at 8:00 am.  General wind speed was 2 mph out of the east, with gusts to 26 mph out of the northeast. Basecamp recorded 14 cm of new snow in the past 24 hours, most all of which fell overnight.

In the last 12 hours:

Current temp (8am): -1 C (30 F)
High temp: 2 C  (36 F)
Low temp: -1 C  (30 F)

Ranger Update

NPS Denali (14K) Patrol #1:  (DENA Rgr Preston, DENA Rgr Baldwin, GRTE Rgr Kreis, VIP Seitz, VIP Kasavana).  Patrol 1 went for a day trip up to Windy Corner yesterday, but sticking closer to 11K camp today in light of the heavy snow in the forecast.  Rumor on the mountain is that no teams are at 14,200 camp at this time.

NPS Denali (14K) Patrol #2:  (Rgr McBrayer, VIP Desmond, VIP Martin, VIP Ramos-Leon, VIP Weinberg)  The crew arrived at basecamp around noon yesterday, then once their camp was in place, the team commenced with building all remaining net loads for 14 camp...which means organizing and packing the camp infrastructure and supplies in convenenient, netted bundles. These netloads now await a clear, calm-ish day for the park helicopter to deposit at the 14,200-foot camp.  It'll be a race to see who/what arrives first at 14K -- Patrol #1 or the helo net loads.  Ideally the latter.  

Route Conditions

As of May 8, there were 77 backcountry users spread between the Upper and Middle Kahiltna Glacier, the Upper Ruth, Mount Hunter, the Tokositna Glacier, and Little Switzerland.

(May 8) Ham & Eggs  "Lots of snow. Generally firm conditions, ice was fat! All anchors were in for rappels."

(May 10)  Shaken Not Stirred  "Went free, no ice on crux pitch."

(May 10)  Ham & Eggs  "In great condition, plenty of fixed anchors (could use some cleaning up). Snow climbed well!"

(May 7)  Mount Hunter / Bibler Klewin  "Lots of snow on Mugs Approach, not a lot of ice. Prow in good condition. Lower McNerthy was decent ice though not very wide.  Upper McNerthy was rotten ice. Bailed before Tamara's Traverse."

(See previous Field Reports for older route condition reports)

Photos of the Day

Talkeetna Elementary kids enter the Chinook cargo hold
Students from Talkeetna Elementary School took a field trip to the State Airport helipad for a tour of the US Army Chinook (CH-47) helicopters, in town a couple weeks ago for training and NPS camp insertion.  (NPS Photo - Melis Coady)

Army soldiers explain the hoist manuever
One of the Sugar Bears from the Army High Altitude Rescue Team describes the helicopter's hoist capability to the students.  (NPS Photo - Melis Coady)

Two future pilots visit the Chinook cockpit
Future pilots Skye and Judy get a turn to sit in the driver's seat.  (NPS Photo - Melis Coady)

Last updated: May 10, 2018

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