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.
Posts from the 'Denali Report' category
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
In this last Denali Report of the season, Sue Deyoe spoke with South District Ranger John Leonard about rangers and climbers dealing with risk assessment.
The month of June was mostly poor weather at Denali’s basecamp. A number of no-fly days created a backlog of climbers trying to get off the mountain and a waiting list in Talkeetna for those trying to get up to basecamp.Producer Sue Deyoe speaks with climbing ranger Chris Erickson about weather.