Climb Denali (Mt. McKinley)
20,320′ / 6,194m
Experience is Paramount
2015 is Mountain Trip’s 40th consecutive year leading guided Denali expeditions.
We have learned a thing or two about taking care of our climbers over the years and this is reflected in our in our ability to attract and retain the most experienced guides on the mountain, and in the extremely positive feedback we receive from our clients. Climbing Denali has been the centerpiece of our guided expeditions since 1976, and our base of institutional knowledge and experience is unparalleled.
Our philosophy for guiding Denali can be summed up with three goals:
- Everyone comes home safely
- Everyone has a great experience
- Everyone stands on the summit
We will never sacrifice our first two goals for the sake of the third; however, between 2004 and 2013, 111 of our 143 Denali expeditions reached the summit. Certainly, we have benefited from good weather, but our success is also based in the experience levels of our guides. Our guidelines for who we allow to lead our expeditions are more stringent than any other Denali guide service, as we require our lead guides to have a minimum of five Denali expeditions under their boots before they can lead one of our expeditions. We have an almost 100% guide return rate from year to year and have guides with 10, 20 or more years of Denali experience leading our Denali climbs. We love what we do and it shows.
Our success is also based in team work and clear communication amongst our team members. We do our best to help prospective Denali climbers understand what our expectations are of them and help them manage their expectations of us. To some extent this is summarized in a document we call Expectation Management on Denali. Anyone considering climbing Denali with us or any guide service should read that document.