I took this last week as I was hauling in the second half of a kite skiing party. These guys are still up on the glacier right now. We were scheduled to pick them up this morning but the latest storm has left them tent bound, and us grounded from the glaciers. I made an attempt at them on Monday but the storm was moving too quickly. So they have spent the last 60 hours staying dug out.
I talked to them on the sat-phone today and they said some of the gusts of wind were reaching 70 knots. It has also snowed somewhere between 2 and 4 feet in the last 48 hours. It is always difficult to judge snowfall when the wind is blowing that hard. We hope to pick them up tomorrow, but the forecast does not look good. They have plenty of food and fuel for several more days and this sort of thing comes with the territory. It’s always an adventure when you get above 5000′ in Alaska.