There has been a thick band of really crummy weather sitting on the lower portions of the mountain. Thick clouds, wind and snow have created whiteout conditions, making travel difficult at best. Our May 28 and May 30th teams are not making much progress up the mountain in the face of such conditions. Our June…Details
Our May 14th team, which summitted just two days ago, rested yesterday morning at High Camp, after a long, hard summit day. They packed up and left High Camp at about 2:00 pm local time, and descended the beautiful ridge down to the top of the fixed lines about a thousand feet lower. They then…Details
Our May 18th Team is still tucked in at the big, bustling 14,200′ camp, in the broad, Genet Basin. They are camped at the upper end of a system of thick clouds, wind, and snow that has enveloped the lower mountain in recent days. We have a team above them at 17,200′, with whom they…Details
Our air services provider determined that the weather was not appropriate to fly into Base Camp, so the team spent the day exploring the small town of Talkeetna. Here’s a photo of the team in the process of weighing all of their food and equipment for the expedition. It’s a big task! Fingers crossed for…Details
Unfortunately the entire message is cut short, but we are able to hear Mike give part of the team report. In spite of wintery conditions on the glacier, the team was able to make the quick drop down to retrieve their cache of equipment and supplies. Today is an example of an “active rest day”,…Details
It sounds like it was a wintery day on the mountain, but the team was able to put in a cache of equipment and supplies at the top of the fixed lines, at approximately 16,400′. Team member Chris Hill called in a post after the team climbed up the steepest portion of the West Buttress…Details
It sounds like it was a long day route finding in the clouds, but the May 14th team was rewarded for their hard work by reaching the summit. Congratulations to all team members for your hard work and perseverance during a period of unstable weather on the mountain.
Yesterday a group of climbers from around the world convened in Anchorage, Alaska, where they began their journey to attempt to climb a classic route on the highest peak in North America. The West Buttress route is an iconic challenge for mountaineers, ascending 13,000′ from a tributary of the vast Kahiltna Glacier to the 20,320′…