Brian Dagg called in from the summit of Denali along with Mountain Trip guides Zach Keskinen and Jason Denley!
Pushing up during a very cold day, the climbers reported gusty winds as they made their way up to the summit of North America. The route took them up the 1000′ (300m) rising traverse known as “The Autobahn” to the low point between Denali’s lower north summit and the 20,310′ (6190m) south summit. They then climbed up a short steeper section of route past the grey and black striped Zebra Rocks and followed rising, but gentler terrain to the 19,500′ Football Field, a flat section just below the summit.
Climbing steeper snow, they gained the summit ridge, a narrow snow and ice ridge with 9000′ of air off to the right of the climbers, where the south face of Denali falls away just off the edge of their boots. the ridge climbs pas a huge cornice before it rises no further and the team stood high above the Alaska Range!
Great job everyone!
Here is the team, calling from the summit of Denali: