The May 16 team has worked hard for the past few days. After standing on the 20,320′ summit of Denali on Sunday, they have descended over 13,000 feet, hiking out the firm and frozen Kahiltna Glacier to reach Base Camp early this morning.
The weather at Base Camp was encouraging, but unfortunately, small aircraft need good weather on both ends of their flight path, and Talkeetna was experiencing heavy storms today, so they could not fly from the glacier. They have plenty of food and fuel, so they will kick back and relax until the weather improves sufficiently to fly them back to warm showers, big steaks and hearty salads.
Here’s lead guide Eli Potter with the report: