1/20 Denali Prep: Oh the Memories

AAI Lead Guide Devin Bishop just shared some great photos from the January 20-27 Denali Prep that was routed to Mount Baker at the last minute due to the government shutdown on the night of January 19th.   Devin estimated that it snowed between 8-10ft of snow over the duration of the course.   Seriously!   Even in snowshoes, students sunk up to their upper thighs if they strayed off the path.   All in all, it was a great course and the students couldn’t have asked for better conditions to prepare for the rigors of Denali.  Next stop, Alaska! 


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