Denali Expedition: Bond and Team Turn at 16,800’ Due to Avalanche Risk
Friday, June 23, 2023, 8:40 am PDT
Our Team is back at 14,000’ Camp after a long day of waist to chest trail breaking and ultimately avalanche conditions on the West Buttress. We made it to Washburn’s Thumb at 16,800’, all pickets were buried and not found except for the ones near slopes that naturally avalanche. The Autobahn is incredibly loaded with snow, and I am sure you will not find a single one of the 35 pickets across it!
Our plan is to head to the airstrip tonight and hope to fly. No one has flown since last Sunday and snow is in the forecast all week, so we will see!
RMI Guide Andy Bond and Team
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