Field Report, July 2

July 02, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri


Mt. McKinley

Mt. Foraker

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Weather Report

14,200 feet - Snow and wind has kicked up a bit at 14,200 feet.  In the last 24 hours, they received an additional 20 cm of new snow.  Morning skies were overcast, with thick clouds above and below, though it ws not snowing at 8:00 am.  Wind was calm, but gusts were clocked at 29 mph from the north.  

In the last 12 hours:
Current temp:  12 F (-11 C)
Low temp:  10 F (-12 C)
High temp:   14 F (-10 C)   

7,200 feet -  The snow has turned to a light rain at Basecamp.  Skies were overcast and smoky this morning, Lisa could see Mount Foraker, but everything else was in clouds.  Winds were 17 mph from the west, with gusts to 23 mph from the west.

In the last 12 hours:
Current temp: 36 F (2 C)
Low temp: 36 F (2 C)
High temp: 37 F (3 C) 

FAA Kahiltna Glacier webcam

National Weather Service forecast  

Ranger Update

NPS Denali Patrol #6 is (Gentzel, Corn, 4 VIPs)  Not much to report, all rangers and volunteers are in camp today, waiting for weather to clear.  By their estimation, there are 2 teams above at high camp, 2 teams at 14 camp, and 3 teams at elevations below 14,200 feet. 

Rangers Mik Shain and Chris Erickson did not, in fact, fly into the Eldridge Glacier on Monday, as anticipated. They flew to the vicinity, but weather moved in at the final hour and they could not land.  They are now in Talkeetna, waiting for clouds to lift. 

Route Conditions

14 camp has received 48 cm of new snow in recent days, with even more (an estimated 2 feet) reported via FRS radio from a team at 11,200 feet.      

Photo(s) of the Day

Glacier Wedding 1 
Katy and Chad, both former and current American Alpine Institute mountain guides, recently got hitched on the Pika Glacier. AAI guide Mike officiated the storybook wedding, and AAI guide Alasdair took the photos. After the wedding, the happy couple stayed to play in the Alaska Range, climbing in Little Switzerland before hiking and packrafting their way back to Talkeetna.  Congratulations Katy and Chad!  And thank you to Alasdair Turner for sharing the magnificent photos with us.

Glacier wedding
Photo courtesy of Alasdair Turner

Glacier wedding 3
Photo courtesy of Alasdair Turner

More photos can be found at

Last updated: July 21, 2015

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