Field Report, May 4

May 04, 2015 Posted by: Maureen Gualtieri


Mt. McKinley

Mt. Foraker

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Weather Report:

Its another 'severe clear' day in the Alaska Range this morning.  At 8:00 am, winds at 7,200 feet were generally calm at 2 mph from the NE; the temperature was 18 F (-8 C).  

In the last 24 hours at 7,200-feet:
Low temp: 14 F (-10 C) 
High temp: 27 F (-3 C)

National Weather Service forecast  

Ranger Update:

NPS Denali Patrol #1 (Erickson, Westman, 2 PJ's, 4 VIPs) ) flew into Basecamp as planned on Saturday, May 2.  They spent a couple days camped there, doing 'typical terrain' short-haul training and crevasse rescue training.  Today they will start their ascent up the West Buttress. 

Rangers Chenoweth and Weber are on their descent of the Sultana Ridge of Mt. Foraker.  They summitted the 17,400-foot peak on Saturday.  They expect to fly back to Talkeetna tomorrow.

Business as usual in Talkeetna today, with two groups are checking in at the Ranger Station.

Route Conditions:

We should be receiving more specific West Buttress route condition reports in upcoming days, but in the mean time, the snowpack is considered to be in good shape. 

This report in recently from Ham & Eggs (Moose's Tooth):  Chase Nelson and Lance Culley reported on 4/29 that "the route had enough ice, although most is relatively rotten to some degree.  Anchors are exposed although there was plenty of spindrift coming down after a snowy day.  In the last week the area has received about 4 to 6 inches of snow, otherwise partly cloudy and warm. Climbed roundtrip in 8 hours to summit and back." 

Photo of the Day:

 Helicopter pilot flying into the Range

Temsco helicopter pilot Andy Hermansky flies the new A-Star B3e helicopter into the Alaska Range over the weekend for 'typical terrain' short-haul training.  (NPS Photo/Dan Corn)

Last updated: July 21, 2015

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