Will Tucker called in from 7,200 feet on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. The skiers on our June 15th expedition spent the day reviewing some of the skills that they will need to have “dialed” before they head up glacier in the wee hours of tomorrow morning. The main body of the Kahiltna Glacier has not received much snow of late, so the team decided to take a day to brush up on crevasse rescue skills before launch.
The plan is to depart early in the morning, taking advantage of the cooler temperatures when the glacier is in the shade of the Alaska summer. The first stretch of route is actually a descent of about 600 feet, as the Southeast Fork drains down into the Kahiltna proper. They will then climb moderate slopes over the course of about four miles to reach the site of their Camp 1 at 7,800′.