Ah, man, what an uplifting summit message from the June 6 West Buttress Team–successfully on the SUMMIT of Denali! We’re so excited for the whole team to stand on the 20,310′ summit together.This is a culmination of a lot of hard work for the team and many of different elements coming together.
Big congratulations to everyone for their hard work paying off, and everything going their way on this trip (aside from the initial hang up on flying into the range). They still have a lot of work ahead of them. First they’ll descend back down to High Camp for a rest, likely staying the night to sleep off the big effort of summit day. From there, they’ll have a brief stop back at 14,200′ before making a big push through the night all the way back to base camp, where they’ll await their plane back to dry land!
Here’s the team in full elation! We loved this one. Summit day takes most teams upwards of 12 hours, and the team will likely be pretty beat when they make it back down to High Camp, so don’t be too alarmed if they don’t call in an update until they’ve descended lower on the route.
Have a listen: