June 10, 2013
Left to Right: Luke Reilly, Dallas Glass and Austin Shannon
IMG Guides Austin Shannon, Luke Reilly and Dallas Glass summitted as scheduled on Saturday, followed closely by fellow IMG Guide Aaron Mainer who was up there guiding just 2 weeks after summitting Everest.
We’ll have a full trip report from the guys shortly. All are safely off the mountain – that’s enough for now!
June 6, 2013
West Buttress Route
IMG Guides Austin Shannon, Luke Reilly and Dallas Glass are enjoying some good weather and some good skiing on Denali. Austin called in yesterday from High Camp (17,200ft) after their caching their loads. They were preparing for a nice ski back down to their camp at 14,200ft.
They’ll likely take a rest day today at 14, then make the move to High Camp tomorrow.
They’ll call in again in a couple days.
All is well on Denali!
June 3, 2013
IMG Guide Ty Gimenez snapped this shot at Camp Schurman this afternoon.
Camp Schurman June 3 2013 (Photo by Ty Gimenez)
June 2, 2013
Things are bigger in Alaska. (Photo by Mark Valley)
IMG guide Austin Shannon called in from 11,000 feet on Denali at 4:30 pm PDT yesterday. He and guides Luke Reilly and Dallas Glass, climbing on their own for fun, are doing great. Austin reported sunny weather, no clouds, very warm and a perfect view of Mt. Foraker from where they are camped. They will stay at this camp for a couple of days to acclimatize, doing some skiing for entertainment.
Another team, IMG guides Mike Haft and Peter Dale passed through their camp yesterday morning, on their way down to base camp and a flight out. Mike and Peter summited Denali about four days ago and have been doing some additional skiing before heading home.
It is great to see some of our guides up on Denali getting experience on the Great One.
May 28, 2013
The group skinning out to Cowlitz Rocks (Photo by Cedric Gamble)
Getting some spring turns in on Mt. Rainier. (Photo by Dallas Glass)
Paul and Raychel
IMG guides Dallas Glass and Cedric Gamble had a rewarding day of ski guiding on the flanks of Mt Rainier over the holiday weekend. While most folks have hung up their skis for the season, the ample snowfalls and mountainous terrain of the northwest, allows for superb ski conditions well into the summer. What better way to sharpen your backcountry skills and learn new terrain, than to spend a day ski touring with a guide on Mt. Rainier?
Despite the forecast for rain showers and gloomy clouds at Paradise in the morning, the group decided to head out to ski Cowlitz Rocks. The forecast played to their favor keeping most would-be-Memorial Day skiers at home. The cloudy skies eventually cleared providing dynamic views and enjoyable skiing in this truly alpine setting. It just goes to show that sometimes the mountain will reward you for braving a little drizzle.
After several laps of spring skiing and with huge smiles on all faces the group returned safely to Paradise. There’s just something special about celebrating the unofficial start to summer with a big day of ski touring.
May 28, 2013
Bona Team On The Summit
IMG guide Sheldon Kerr called in twice yesterday. They got down to basecamp the evening on May 26 after all members of the team summited the day prior. All are well and were waiting for the bush pilot to come and pick them up. Pickup of the team will either happen late on the 27th or the morning of the 28th, weather permitting.
It sounds like the entire team is feeling healthy, happy and proud of their accomplishments, as they should.
Congratulations to them!
Update: The team ended up being flown off late on the 27th and were flown to the Chitina landing strip. From there they shuttled to Anchorage in the wee hours of the morning. They’re likely trickling out of bed now and making some breakfast plans.
Mt. Bona from the plane. (Sheldon Kerr)
IMG Guide Austin Shannon called in from the summit of Mt. Bona today. The entire team enjoyed a “perfect summit day with warm temps and no wind”.
They’re en route back to high camp for dinner and a toast!
May 22, 2013
IMG guide Austin Shannon called in tonight from the Mt. Bona expedition. The weather continues to be perfect, Austin reports there is not a breath of wind and it is “super warm”. By that, of course he means in the mid to high 20’s Farenheit. The team continues to feel super strong, no headaches or ailments of any kind. They moved up to Camp 1 at 12,000 feet today and are finishing getting camp set up. Austin says it is absolutely gorgeous out tonight, and they can see Mt. Logan across the border in Canada. They are melting lots of water, will have a good dinner soon, then off to bed. They will likely take a rest day tomorrow, but will decide in the morning.
May 22, 2013
Views all around.
Guide Sheldon Kerr called in from Mt. Bona basecamp yesterday evening via sat phone. The connection was a bit spotty, but she was able to communicate that all was well and the team was doing a super job.
They made a light carry to Camp 1 at 12,000 feet. It was cold in the morning but the day proved to be beautiful weather. Today the team will either take a rest day or move to 12,000 feet, depending on how everyone feels. Sheldon says everyone wanted to pass on hello’s to their families.
May 21, 2013
Step 1 is getting there.
After being flown onto the glacier yesterday morning, Sheldon reports they worked hard to get base camp set up and secured. They’ll use today as a team training and acclimatization day. They need to review roped glacier travel safety and practice crevasse rescue techniques before heading up the mountain.
They’ll likely make a carry up to the next camp (12,000’), weather permitting, on Wednesday, the 22nd. This process of making a carry to the next camp one day, then moving up to the new camp the next will go on for two more camps before they are in place to summit from a high camp at around 14,000 feet. With a few weather days thrown in for good measure, they’ll be well acclimated before they try for the 16,400 foot summit.