Springtime in Alaska

| June 3, 2009

The weather is fickle.   I spoke to Andrew a few nights ago and they were trying to get a handle on the weather.   I’ve only been able to get forecasts for Denali and Talkeetna, but there is nothing for Foraker.  I guess the weather is always apart of the challenge of an expedition.   They need to be able to rely on a couple of non-storm days in order to attempt the climb.   The forecasts have talked about a lot of cloudy weather.   I’m not sure what that translates to on Foraker.   In speaking to a ranger for DNP (Denali Nat’l Park), I was told that Foraker, and the Sultana Ridge in particular was notorious for bad weather.  It gets both the weather from Denali and from the South.   I received another OK message tonight and they are still at base camp.  There is suppose to be a wind event on Friday with winds up to 70 mph.   

On a brighter note, Andrew said that they’ve gotten some turns in on Mt. Crosson.   And I know they have a lot of food!    


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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. Mark Donohoe says:


    Thanks for posting. I am following the site and wishing them the best. I seems like weather is always the major factor in big mountains.

    Hope you are feeling well as well Polly!

    Wishing everyone the best of luck.

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