Climber Jorge Decurgez called in an update on the Mountain Trip June 5 Denali West Buttress team, who are camped at 14,200′ waiting on better weather to move higher. The team has now spent upwards of five days at 14-Camp.
The low pressure is forecasted to continue, with snow falling all throughout today and into Sunday morning. It appears that the weather may clear on Sunday afternoon, but forecasts for big mountain zones like the Alaska Range are far less accurate than forecasts for anywhere in the lower 48.
The fixed lines up the Headwall, the steep pitch just out of 14-Camp, demands clear weather and good visibility, so that the climbers can focus on ascending the steep, exposed pitch efficiently. Additionally, weather at High Camp at 17,200′ is normally much worse than weather at 14,200′, as it is higher in elevation and less protected from the elements, so teams generally do not move up to High Camp unless they think that their window of good weather will last for several days.