I was there in June (the warm season - comparatively speaking). I was a volunteer member of the NPS patrol and did not advance very far beyond the Advance Base Camp - was there for about two weeks until HQ pulled us out. Our team leader was Ralph Moore, then a climbing ranger at Denali. When I last knew, he was Superintendent at Gates of the Arctic.
We had planned a summit day, doing it all from ABC (we were acclimated by then)but would up treating a serious HAPE case. Our efforts were monitored by Dr. James Wilkerson (Medicine for Mountaineering) and that was a very nice alternative. Had a worthwhile critique afterward.
The irony was that I was full time staff at Channel Islands NP at the time, and I took 30 days leave to got to Alaska and volunteer for the patrol. But it was a totally wonderful experience and NPS provided a lot of specialized gear. Quite a contrast with most climbs in the desert Southwest, where glaciers are rare.
Were you on the hill when I was there? There were lots of folks at ABC, and many didn't get a whole lot further. 1987 was a record year for the lowest percentage of successful climbs - just recently surpassed. Small world, isn't it?
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