Mountain Trip Climber Linda Wohlgemuth called in on behalf of the May 19 Denali West Buttress Expedition, who took a weather and rest day at Camp 2 at 11,200′, waiting on better conditions and visibility to make the trek up to Camp 3 above 14,000′.
Like many of the groups on the mountain, the May 19 team has made the decision to not travel in the storm, a heavy southwest flow that typically plagues the range, dropping large amounts of snow and fierce, cold winds. The Alaska Range has little regard for the seasons, and climbers must have a strong sense of optimism during the (sometimes very persistent) storms.
The forecast,however, looks optimistic, showing that the heavy southwest flow will begin to dissipate by Thursday, May 25, and snow is likely to abate entirely by Saturday.
For more information on the weather on Denali from the National Weather Service, click here. We’re hoping for high pressure so that the team can continue their journey up the route.
Here’s Linda with the update (and a shout-out to her friends and family):