Climber Matthias Aumayr called in an update for the May 11th Denali West Buttress team, who was able to set their cache today near the summit of Kahiltna Pass, above Ski Hill, to put them in good position for their jaunt up to Camp Two. The weather finally cleared for the team’s cache day after they had experienced a lot of cloud cover and snow flurries for their first couple of days on the glacier.
Matthias noted seeing some small songbirds on the glacier during their trek, a stark contrast with the seemingly endless glacier. When large storms come through Denali National Park, small birds often get caught up in the flow and are pushed deep into the Alaska Range and then are not strong enough to fly out. They do look quite out of place amidst the sea of crevasses, rocks, seracs, ice falls and high mountains.
Here’s the update from Matthias!