May 12th West Buttress Denali Expedition – Moves on up to Camp 3!

Lead Guide Harrison calls in from Camp 3 to announce that the May 12th West Buttress Denali Expedition made the move up to 14,200′ today!

Harrison also gets the prize for calling in with the longest and best audio quality satellite phone call of the season, thus far! It sounds like they had amazing weather conditions for their move around Windy Corner today and they are happily digging in to life at Camp 3.

Give it a listen!

Audio Recording

Camp 3 at 14,200′

Making it to 14,200′ is a huge milestone for expeditions ascending the West Buttress Route on Denali. It’s where the “walking” ends, and the “climbing” begins. Much of their expedition thus far has been approaching the West Buttress via the Kahiltna Glacier, but now they are positioned directly below the Headwall which leads up to the 16,000′ Ridge and takes climbers to the final camp before the Summit!

Camp 3 is what some folks call “Advanced Basecamp” on Denali because this glacial plateau will transform into a small city of expeditions and climbing groups waiting for their “weather window” to launch an attempt at the summit.

The 14,200′ Camp is situated in a big flat bowl of terrain which allows expedition members to move safely unroped between camps, creating a very social atmosphere as climbers get to wander through camp and strike up conversations with other expedition teams. In this half-a-square-mile stretch of snow, you’re likely to hear dozens of different languages from all over the world. It’s a great time for our international team members to find their compatriots and spend some quality time speaking their native tongue. It’s also a time for our various teams to come together and strategize for how to approach the remaining part of the climb.

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