Field Report, May 9, 2018

May 09, 2018 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri



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Mountain Weather

Click here for today's National Weather Service Denali Climbing Forecast.  

The Kahiltna and Ruth Webcams will be installed when weather permits.  

7,200 camp:   Lisa reported broken clouds over basecamp today, with a ceiling at about 12,000 feet.  At 8:00 am, wind speeds were 3 mph out of the east, with gusts to 13 mph. No snow in the past 12 hours.

In the last 12 hours:

Current temp (8am): -2 C (28 F)
High temp: -2 C  (28 F)
Low temp: -6 C  (21 F)

Ranger Update

NPS Denali (14K) Patrol #1:  (Rgr Preston, Rgr Baldwin, GRTE Rgr Kreis, VIP Seitz, VIP Kasavana).  Patrol 1 reached 11,000-foot camp yesterday, and will remain there tonight.  

NPS Denali (14K) Patrol #2:  (Rgr McBrayer, VIP Desmond, VIP Martin, VIP Ramos-Leon, VIP Weinberg)  The second upper mountain patrol of the season flew in, on time today.  They will remain at basecamp a night or two, then commence up the West Buttress.

Route Conditions

Denali:  As mentioned above,  the lower mountain has accumulated between 4 - 12 feet of snow in the past two weeks.  In contrast, the upper mountain (above 12,000 feet) has been impacted by high winds and lesser snowfall totals.  The upper mountain appears very icy and wind scoured, but not atypical for this time of the season. 

Mount Huntington - Harvard Route (April 8-10): "Approach couloir is in good shape. Deep unconsolidated snow on most of route, while ice slopes near the summit were in good shape with neve over ice. Rock pitches were generally clear and in good shape.  Approach to upper basin: Left approach is not usable, and right approach has some objective hazard, and may become difficult with melting."  (Ken Kreis)

Peak 11,300 - Southwest Ridge (April 18-19):  "Similar. Deep unconsolidated snow on most of route, while ice slopes near the summit were in good shape with neve over ice. Rock pitches were generally clear and in good shape. Descent ridge and rappel route were in good shape. Descent glacier will likely become difficult with melt out; evidence of regular activity from serac above."  (Ken Kreis)

Ham & Eggs (April 15-18):  "H & E in good condition up to col, grade 2 ice up high on route."

Mini Moonflower (April 23):  "Climbed 200 m up the route. Bergshrund OK. All blue ice. Tons of snow coming down from above and on approach."


Photo of the Day

NPS Patrol 2 stands outside their aircraft before heading in to basecampMeet NPS Patrol #2 of 2018, from left to right:  VIP Kakiko Ramos-Leon, VIP Dr. Nick Weinberg, VIP Brian Desmond, VIP Chris Martin, and NPS Ranger Joseph McBrayer  (NPS Photo - Melis Coady)


Last updated: May 9, 2018

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