Denali Dispatch #2: Snowed In

by Jason Kolaczkowski
CMC Denali Trip Leader

So much for our potential early movement on the mountain.

It started snowing around 10:45pm last night and didn’t stop until 7am. We’ve had low clouds and spotty snow all day. Visibility has made route finding difficult, and the foot of new snow has covered the track.

Here’s the blank canvas that is the view from outside our tent. Believe it or not, we’re looking at the route. Can you find it?

So, we ended up spending the day at Camp 1. It is likely that we will spend Tuesday here, too, as we are to expect more of the same but maybe a little worse.

There’s a chance for a good – if small – window on Wednesday morning into the afternoon. Hopefully that will be our opportunity to move up.

We don’t want to be too aggressive, though, as Wednesday night through Friday afternoon is supposed to be a storm. If we can get up to Camp 2 on Wednesday and ride out the storm, we are potentially looking at 4 to 5 good days that follow. We could make up some time.

In the meantime, things are going fine. There have been a few small things, such as the skirt of my stove getting bent on the flight to the glacier – I had to bend it back so that it would fit over the burner correctly; but mostly we are comfortable and doing well.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings.


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