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Denali Report: May 9, 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

There are currently 999 climbers registered to climb Mt. McKinley, and 15 registered to climb Mt Foraker. This week the number of climbers currently on McKinley tripped to 139, up from 49 last week. 3 climbers are currently attempting Mt. Foraker.

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The first two climber’s of the season have successfully reached the summit of North America’s Tallest Mountain. Jeremy Aschen and Adam Bartlett of Vail, Colorado ascended the west buttress route and made it to the top of Denali on May 5th. They reported cold conditions and some frostbite, but neither required significant medical attention. So far, 6 other climbers have withdrawn from the mountain without making it to the top. (more…)

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Denali Report #10 – Last Denali Report of the season

Thursday, July 7, 2011

This is the final Denali Report of the 2011 climbing season.

A total of 1203 people registered to climb Denali this season.  Most of those people have returned from their climbs, although there are still about 200 people on the mountain.  They should all be returning within the next week or week and a half. (more…)

Denali Report #8 – Why Climbing rangers don’t always summit Denali

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

In this third week of June looks at some of the reasons that mountaineering rangers don’t get to summit Denali on a regular basis.  A couple of weeks ago, Tucker Chenoweth and his patrol were descending from what they thought was probably a good day – they had made it to the summit– but ended up rescuing three different climbers.  Chris Erickson explains why rangers don’t always go to the summit.

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Denali Report #7 – 10th anniversary of youngest climb

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ten years ago on June 17th, 11 year old Galen Johnston summitted Denali with his parents.  He looks back at that climb and reflects on young climbers.

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Denali Report for first week of June

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Its the first of June.  This Denali Report is a look at the first accident of the year and the type of avalanche that destroyed camps near the Moose’s Tooth on the Root Canal.

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Denali Report for May 11, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Denali Report has undergone revision and is now a very short overview of one specific idea or topic each week of climbing season.  In this first episode, South District Ranger speaks about risk and keeping his staff safe.

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Lonnie Dupre considering retreat to 14,200

Monday, January 24, 2011

Lonnie Dupre has postponed attempts to summit Denali for now. Dupre is still at 17,200 feet for the sixth day in a snow trench he dug.

According to a post on Dupre’s blog, his expedition manager Tom Suprenant writes that he couldn’t come out of the trench due to extremely high winds and cold temperatures. Suprenant writes that Dupre’s strength and stamina is beginning to deteriorate. He’s hoping for a break in the weather to climb down to 14,200 feet and to regroup.

Dupre is attempting to become the first person to summit Mt. McKinley in January.

Tom Suprenant joined Loudon Wilson in the KTNA production studio to record the following update on Lonnie’s expedition.

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Tom Surprenant speaks with Seth Klein about Lonnie Dupre’s progress on Denali.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Volunteer DJ Seth Klein sat down with Tom Surprenant on Thursday night (1/20) to discuss Lonnie Dupre’s endeavor and progress on Denali. The full eight minute interview is available below:

Seth Klein and Tom Surprenant:

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Climber Lonnie Dupre making headway in climbing Denali

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Valley Jam DJ Todd Basilone interviewed Tom Surprenant on the progress of climber Lonnie Dupre who is trying to make history by summiting Mt. McKinley in January. Surprenant is Dupre’s expedition support team member currently based in Talkeetna. Audio runs about 12 min.

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