Field Report, April 27

April 27, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri


Mt. McKinley

Mt. Foraker

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Weather Report:

Severe clear skies over the Alaska Range today, a perfect day to fly more camp gear into the Kahiltna Glacier.  Winds 5 mph, downglacier (from the east), per Basecamp Manager Lisa Roderick.  Temperature at 7,200 feet at 8:00 am was 14 F / -10 C.  Good visibility.

Ranger Update:

Denali mountaineering rangers, with the invaluable help of the U.S. Army Alaska’s Sugar Bears, began inserting camp equipment and supplies on Friday, April 24, with continued supply / training flights occurring as weather permits.

NPS rangers will conduct short-haul training today on Mt. Francis and Mt. Crosson.  Another task for today will be installing the radio repeater on the top of Mt. Crosson, a vital piece of communication equipment for the approaching season.  Two mountaineering rangers, Tucker Chenoweth and David Weber, will remain in the Range to start a week-long climbing patrol on Mt. Foraker’s Sultana Ridge.

The first mountaineering patrol on Mt. McKinley flies into Basecamp on May 2 to begin their ascent of the mountain.  

In the mean time, mountaineering rangers Mike Shain and Joey McBrayer flew into the Ruth Amphitheater on April 24 for a 7-day patrol of Mt. Dan Beard and other area peaks.  Their conditions report should appear later this week. 

Route Conditions:

Though we’ll have more to report in weeks to come, the Alaska Range has received significant snowfall throughout the month of April.  Rangers reported soft, knee-deep snow at the Kahiltna Basecamp as of April 24.  An initial surveillance flight over the 14,200-foot camp indicates somewhat less-than-average snow cover at the upper elevations of the mountain.

CH-47 helicopter and crew at Kahiltna Basecamp
Bravo Company 1-52d Aviation Regiment of the USARAK Aviation Task Force.  The 'Sugar Bears' assisting NPS rangers with hauling camp gear to the Kahiltna Glacier.  (NPS Photo / Chenoweth)

Ranger and military personnell on glacier setting up fueling equipment

Ranger and military personnel on glacier with fueling equpment.

NPS Ranger Joe Reichert at the Kahiltna Glacier, setting up a remote fueling station on the Kahiltna Glacier with help from the Sugar Bears.  (NPS Photo / Chenoweth)

Last updated: July 21, 2015

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