Currently, there are 1,057 climbers registered to climb Denali, and 388 are currently on the mountain. Fifty climbers have returned to town, and twelve have summited, giving 2014 a summit rate of 24% thus far.
Team Butte America, who I spoke with last week prior to their departure from Talkeetna, last checked in with their GPS locator in the area of “Camp 2,” which is near 11,000 feet. With more than two weeks of food remaining, the team still has plenty of time to wait for acclimatization and weather to make a bid for the summit.
On Thursday, I spoke via satellite phone with Captain Samuel Palmer, who is the team leader for the first of two U.S. Army Alaska teams that will be attempting Denali this year. Captain Palmer says the team arrived in base camp on Wednesday, and planned to set out on skis Thursday evening. (more…)