Field Report, May 19

May 19, 2016 Posted by: M. Gualtieri

TODAY'S STATS

    Denali    

Mt. Foraker

Registered Climbers

951

18

Climbers Currently On Mountain

327

11

Completed Climbs

56

2

Number of Summits

27

0

Summit Percentage

48%

0%

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Weather Report

7,200 feet -  Skies are overcast, with the ceiling at 8,000 feet. Patchy fog in and out. Trace of snow overnight. Winds were calm this morning, with gusts to 6 mph out of the east.

In the last 12 hours:
Current temp:  -2 C / 28 F
Low temp:  -4 C / 25 F
High temp:  -2 C / 28 F

14,200 feet -  Melis sees a few clouds overhead, mostly wispy stratus clouds.  They also saw a trace of snow overnight, with milder winds than yesterday: 4 mph out of the northeast with gusts to 11 mph from the east. 

In the last 12 hours:
Current temp:  -17 C / 1 F
Low temp:  -18 C / 0 F
High temp:  -16 C / 3 F


FAA Kahiltna Glacier webcam 

National Weather Service forecast 


Ranger Update

NPS Denali Patrol #1 (Erickson, Coady, 2 GRTE rangers, 2 VIPs)  The patrol are daytripping to the 17,200-foot camp today.

NPS Denali Patrol #2 (McBrayer and 4 VIPs). Ranger Joey McBrayer and his four VIP's are still camped at 11,200 feet

NPS Basecamp Patrol #1 (Reichert, 2 rangers, 1 VIP)  LE ranger Adam Mehlhorn flew into basecamp   yesterday evening, swapping out for Erika Jostad and Nick Beheler. 


Route Conditions

Julie Gottleib reported a 'post-hole party' at basecamp last night, as snow was getting softer under bright sun and above-freezing temperatures.  This morning, however, conditions were hard and icy with firm snow for good travel.

NPS Patrol #1 encountered strong winds up high the last few days, with more blue ice revealed at higher elevations. They did some work replacing sections of the fixed lines below the bergshrund, with some more maintenance to do today.  Returning teams report that all the pickets and wands are still in place from last season on the Autobahn.  


Photo(s) of the Day

Roped climbers on a steep headwall 
NPS Patrol #1 (on right) working on the fixed lines. NPS Photo/VIP Benjamin Weaver.

View of the 14,200-foot camp from up on the fixed lines
View of the 14,200-foot camp from the fixed lines. NPS Photo/VIP Benjamin Weaver

Last updated: May 19, 2016

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