While the full swing climbing season in the Alaska Range has yet to begin, the planning stages for various groups are underway. The National Park Service, air taxis and mountaineering groups are figuring out their upcoming 2019 climbing logistics. One particular group of climbing scientists from Dartmouth College have been coming through Talkeetna for over ten years to collect ice core samples on Mt. Hunter. Even with their advantage of scientific research, they too, are challenged by how to plan accordingly for the best window to be mountaineering due to the warmer summer temperatures in the Alaska Range.
As an expert on climate change, Erich Osterberg has been studying ice cores from around the world, including Greenland and on Mt. Hunter of Denali National Park.