Lead Guide Eli Potter called in from Camp 1 on the Kahiltna Glacier. He describes today as a “Goldilocks Day,” not too hot and not too cold. The trail was firm and made for relatively easy travel as the team hiked about five miles up the 44 mile long Kahiltna Glacier.
The vastness of the Alaska Range was apparent today, as recent snowfall resulted in numerous avalanches that cascaded off nearby peaks. At least one was so huge that it caused concern among some of the climbers. Despite how huge the slide was, the Alaska Range is enormous, and the reality was that the monster powder cloud of debris was till a mile away, despite appear much, much closer. We often use the term “Speckism” in describing the enormity of the Alaska Range. It makes you feel like a small speck on a gigantic canvas and it can be really difficult to wrap your head around the scale of things.