May 6 Team Retreats Back To Base Camp…

Grant Maughn called in from Camp 1, down at 7,800′ after the team decided to throw in the proverbial towel.  They have been stuck in foul weather for days and tomorrow was the day by which they needed to head further up the mountain, if they were going to have sufficient time to reach the…

May 6 Team – RULES THE MOUNTAIN!!!

Mario Roncador called in one of my favorite  posts EVER!  Today, the team could not move up, as the weather up high was not suitable to allow travel, so Mario led the effort to build “The Pull Up Challenge!” Our crew dug a pit in the snow and set up a pull up bar, using…

May 6 Denali Team holding at 14,200 ft.

Mountain Trip guide Yoshiko called in from camp on the Denali West Buttress route with an update. She said that the team has been facing a lot of high winds, cold and snow. They’ve decided to stay at 14,200-camp again this evening. The weather should improve by Monday at the latest, but for now the…

May 6 Denali Team at 14,200 ft.

Mario, a climber on the May 6 West Buttress Expedition with Mountain Trip, called in a bi-lingual trip update today. Mario said the team is “pumped up (!!)” with anticipation for a possible summit window in the days to come. He reported that although they faced some high winds, they were the fastest team on…

May 6 Denali Team Update

Guide Yoshiko checked in for the May 6 Denali Team, who has been making their way up the West Buttress route for 12 days now. They completed a high supply cache at around 15,500 ft., where Yoshiko said they had a spectacular panoramic view of the rugged mountains around them. The team must be thankful…

May 6 Denali Team Update

Don Lashley, a member of Mountain Trip’s May 6 Denali West Buttress Expedition called in from Camp 3 with an update on the team’s progress. Yesterday the team made the trek back down to 13,400 ft. to retrieve a cache of supplies that they left lower on the mountain. They stayed the night last night…

May 6 Denali Team Update

Mario Roncador of Italy, one of the climbers on the May 6 Denali West Buttress Expedition, called to check in yesterday evening, May 15. Mario said that the team had a beautiful, successful climb up from Camp 2 at 11,000 ft. to Camp 3 at 14,000 ft. They arrived to a lot of fresh snowfall…

May 6 Team Carries Up Motorcycle Hill

The May 6th team called in to report that they had a great day carrying loads up Motorcycle Hill and Squirrel Hill the steepest sections of the route to date, and successfully cached them on the far side of the notorious Windy Corner.  It was a warm day, with clear skies and HUGE views (hard…