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.
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…)