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Denali Report for June 10th, 2016: Team Lebanon

Friday, June 10, 2016
Team Lebanon on the summit of Denali.  Photo by Dustin English - Alaska Mountaineering school, photo courtesy of Team Lebanon

Team Lebanon on the summit of Denali. Photo by Dustin English – Alaska Mountaineering school, photo courtesy of Team Lebanon

 

This week on the Denali Report, updated statistics on this year’s mountaineering season, plus KTNA’s Phillip Manning speaks with the first all-Lebanese team to summit Denali.

 

 

In total, 1,075 climbers have registered to attempt Denali. Of those, 502 are currently on the mountain, and 376 climbs have been completed. There have been 162 summits of Denali so far, making the summit rate forty-three percent. Sixteen people are registered to attempt Mt. Foraker. All sixteen have completed their climbs, and seven made it to the summit, making the 2016 summit rate for Mt. Foraker forty-four percent.

 

Over the past week, the number of mountaineers who summited Denali increased dramatically. Team Lebanon was among them, and is the first all-Lebanese team to make it to the summit. After they returned to Talkeetna, Phillip Manning spoke with the members of the team.

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Denali Report for June 3rd, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

This week on the Denali Report, KTNA’s Phillip Manning updates this season’s climbing statistics and speaks with a climber who just broke an impressive record.

 

As of Thursday afternoon, 1,029 climbers have registered to attempt Denali, and 523 are currently on the mountain. 227 climbs have been completed, and forty-two people have made it to the highest point in North America. The summit rate so far for Denali is quite low for the season at eighteen percent. Eighteen climbers have registered to attempt Mt. Foraker. Nine climbers are currently on the mountain, and nine have completed their climbs. There have been two summits of Mt. Foraker thus far in 2016.

 

While Denali’s summit rate is very low, some people have managed to make it to the top of North America. One of those people is Colin O’Brady. O’Brady’s summiting of Denali marks his completion of the Explorer’s Grand Slam. Not only does he join the list of fewer than fifty people to complete the challenge, but he is by far the fastest to do so. With a name like “Explorer’s Grand Slam,” one would expect an epic challenge, and the name does not disappoint, as Colin O’Brady explains.

 

“The Explorer’s Grand Slam is a mountaineering challenge to climb the Seven Summits, so the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents, plus an expedition across the last degree of both the North and South Poles.” (more…)

Denali Report for May 20th, 2016: First Summits

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Climbing season is well underway, and the first climbers have reached the summit of North America’s highest peak. Here’s KTNA’s Phillip Manning with this week’s Denali Report.

 

 

This is the Denali Report for Friday, May 20th, 2016. I’m Phillip Manning.

 

Currently, 940 climbers are registered to attempt Denali, and 321 are currently on the mountain. Thirty climbers have completed their treks, and nine have made it to Denali’s summit, making the current summit rate thirty percent. Eighteen climbers are registered to attempt Mount Foraker. Of those, eleven are currently on the mountain, and two climbs have been completed. There have been no summits of Mount Foraker so far this season.

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Denali ranger describes patrol and memorable summit day

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Andrew Lattimer, doctor and mountain patrol volunteer, descending from Denali's North Summit.  Photo courtesy: Tucker Chenoweth - NPS

Mountain patrol volunteers descending from Denali’s North Summit. Photo courtesy: Tucker Chenoweth – NPS

By: Katie Writer – KTNA

Currently, there are 1,090 people registered to attempt Denali. Of those, 129 are currently on the mountain, and 945 have completed their climbs. As of Thursday, 533 climbers have reached the summit, making the summit rate fifty-six percent.

All fifteen climbers registered for Mt. Foraker have completed their climbs, with six making it to the summit.

This week on the Denali Report, KTNA’s Katie Writer speaks with Mountaineering Ranger Tucker Chenoweth, who is back after patrolling on Denali:

 

Good weather on Denali for the past three weeks has increased the summit rate from a dismal 0% in May to a soaring 56% in early July.

Mountaineering Ranger Tucker Chenoweth and a team of four volunteers patrolled the mountain from May 26th to June 20th, and saw the dash for the summit that took place when the weather cleared.

“At high camp, I believe, there was a group – call it, like, a “plug of climbers—that had been stuck at “Fourteen Camp.” So, the first window they had, they all went. (more…)

Denali Report: It’s Windy Up There!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Denali Report .

Currently, there are 929 people registered to attempt Denali.  Of those, 358 are currently on the mountain.  Twenty-six climbs have been completed, and there his still only been one summit thus far, which means the current summit rate for 2015 is 3%.  Eleven climbers have registered to climb Mt. Foraker, and three are currently on the mountain.  Four trips have been completed with four summits.

This year, the National Park Service launched a new blog to share statistics and updates about mountaineering in the Alaska Range. The new blog, titled “Denali Dispatches,” builds on the daily climbing and weather statistics that have been available online in previous years.

Thus far, the Denali climbing season has seen very little success.  There is only one recorded summit for 2015, and that was Lonnie Dupre, who reached the highest point in North America back in January.  Denali National Park spokeswoman Maureen Gualtieri says that there have been at least two more summits, but the climbers have not returned yet, so they aren’t part of the official record.

The Denali Dispatches blog provides some insight as to why the summit percentage is in the single digits, currently.  The short answer: Wind.  Thursday’s update described winds gusting to nearly fifty miles-per-hour at 14,000 feet, and descriptions from High Camp at 17,000 feet say that the wind “sounds like a freight train.”  According to the blog, about 100 climbers are camped at 14,000 feet waiting for the wind to die down.  With them are two patrol teams, who have been turned around multiple times by the gusty conditions when they tried to reach High Camp.  Until the winds die down, it’s unlikely that many people will complete the trip to the top of North America.

Denali Report: Avalanche Risk

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Currently, there are 888 people registered to climb Denali.  Of those, 208 are currently on the mountain.  Nine climbs have been completed with one successful summit.  That makes the current summit rate eleven percent.  Nine climbers are registered to attempt Mt. Foraker.  Nobody is currently on the mountain, and all four attempts thus far have been successful.

This week on the Denali Report, KTNA’s Phillip Manning talks with mountaineering ranger Dan Corn about avalanches.

Denali Report for 7/11/14

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for the Denali Report.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning has one last report as the climbing season winds down:

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It’s July, which means that climbing season is nearing an end.  In total, 1,204 climbers registered to attempt Denali.  Sixty-one are still listed on the mountain.  1,142 climbs have been completed, and there have been 420 summits.  That makes the success rate thirty-seven percent.  On Mt. Foraker, twelve climbers registered, and half made it to the top. (more…)

Denali Report for 6/27/14

Friday, June 27, 2014

It hasn’t been a good year for climbers attempting to summit Denali.  Wind and snow have kept the summit rate at one-in-three.  The weather also means higher risk for injuries, especially frostbite, as Phillip Manning at member station KTNA explains.

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Currently, there are 1205 climbers registered to attempt Denali.  Of those, 263 are on the mountain, and 896 have finished their climbs.  There have been 296 summits, making the current summit rate thirty-three percent.  Climbing on Mt. Foraker is already done for the year, with six of the twelve attempts ending in a successful summit.

This week, the tale of bad weather on North America’s highest peak continues.  On Thursday, about two dozen climbers were busy shoveling more than two feet of fresh snow at base camp.  High winds, snow, and narrow weather windows have been the story of climbing season, thus far.  One of the dangers that comes along with a windy season is frostbite, as mountaineering ranger Dave Weber explains. (more…)

Denali Report for June 6th, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

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As of Thursday evening, there are 1,120 people registered to climb Denali, and 599 are currently on the mountain.  To date, 242 climbers have finished their expeditions, and forty-six have summited, making the current summit rate a very low nineteen percent.  On Mt. Foraker, ten climbers are registered, and eight are currently on the mountain.  The two climbers who have completed their trek succeeded in reaching the summit. (more…)