Buried By Snowstorm


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Joe,Ty, and Colby's tent was slightly less covered, I think they whacked some snow off from inside during the night.

Joe,Ty, and Colby's tent was slightly less covered, I think they whacked some snow off from inside during the night.


Weather report for 14,200 feet on Denali yesterday and last night: Snow, on and off, heavy at times. Well, we got to experience one of those little Alaskan snow events everyone talks about. Yeah, this was only a hair over two feet (Andrew can brag on much more extreme shovel events), but enough to nearly bury our tents in the space of 8 hours, snowing at a rate of about 4 inches an hour. The snow came down so hard it sounded like rain on our tent. All our Hilleberg Tents held up well, though for some reason they wouldn’t take care of the shoveling, which took upwards of an hour with all of us working. The snow quit around 7:00 this morning, but not before at least six huge avalanches came within several hundred feet of camp. Weird to hear the slides roar at night, then get up in the morning and see how close you are to the runout toes of all the avalanches. It’s said that camp hardly ever gets hit with anything more than a wind blast from the slides. Okay, I’ll keep that in mind!

Lou and Louie's tent before shoveling, you can perhaps see a few guylines. The vertical object in front is my remote satphone antenna.

Lou and Louie's tent before shoveling, you can perhaps see a few guylines. The vertical object in front is my remote satphone antenna.


Yesterday was a rest day due to climb to 17,200 the day before. Looks like today will be one as well, as we’d planned on climbing high again but the route to headwall appears to still have some avy danger.
During our rest day yesterday, we acquired a pile of extra rations from folks headed down the trail and home who wanted to lighten their packs. One score was a bag of pancake mix, which Louie used to make 'dutch' or 'kaiser-schmarm' out of. The project was inspired by Lisa's mother Lillian as well as Fritz Barthel's mother Huberta. Results were edible, a few sticks of butter and 1/2 pound of sugar helped.

During our rest day yesterday, we acquired a pile of extra rations from folks headed down the trail and home who wanted to lighten their packs. One score was a bag of pancake mix, which Louie used to make 'dutch' or 'kaiser-schmarm'. The project was inspired by Lisa's mother Lillian as well as Fritz Barthel's mother Huberta. Results were edible, a few sticks of butter and 1/2 pound of sugar helped.

Comments

9 Responses to “Buried By Snowstorm”

  1. Perry June 11th, 2010 10:07 am

    Wow. That is intense! You never cease to amaze me with amazing photos and stories!

  2. Annah June 11th, 2010 11:22 am

    “the camp hardly ever gets hit”…. hardly ever seems like more than NEVER, which would be ideal. If that isn’t living on the edge, I don’t know what is!

    Thanks for posting! You are all in my thoughts…

  3. Andrew June 11th, 2010 11:27 am

    I’m glad to see you guys are having fun! :)

    From up high on the mountain, it looks like the 14.3 camp could easily get hit by slides and considering the alpha angle, I’m surprised it seldom, if ever has. Maybe someday there will be a mass carnage accident. That said, I’d still camp there.

    Now start digging…

  4. Jack Crognale June 11th, 2010 2:48 pm

    What a fantastic trip you guys are on! I am really enjoying following along. Thanks so much for making the effort to keep us all in the loop and sending the great photos. I can hardly wait for your ski down. Looks like you will have plenty of freshies. Best of luck jack

  5. Derek June 11th, 2010 4:53 pm

    Looks pretty familiar to the weather I got up there in Alaska on the Pika glacier. Good luck guys!

  6. janice June 11th, 2010 7:40 pm

    Have to agree with Annah guys. Enjoying the pictures and writing. Take care and stay well.

  7. Bill Bostick June 12th, 2010 7:18 am

    Sure glad you checked out those snow shovels a day ago, so they were ready for the humdinger you got.

  8. Luann June 12th, 2010 8:57 am

    Hope the weather window opens this afternoon (Saturday) and that there is a chance for the summit!

  9. Christian Riedl June 13th, 2010 1:36 am

    Hey Guys!
    Great adventure skiing blog. Enjoy it nearly every day!

    I am from Austria and have to congratulate you to the good looking “Kaiser-Schmarn”. This meal was the favorite one of our emperor “Kaiser Franz Joseph I. (1830–1916)”. It makes me proud that people cook it every where.

    Greetings
    Skischmied

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