May 13 Denali Team Calls From The Summit!

Enduring difficult conditions earlier in the day, three members of our May 13th West Buttress team reached Denali’s summit!  Chris Kuelling, and Haakon Asvang called in from the top!

The team decided to push to the summit today, as forecasts for the coming days indicate more unsettled weather and increasing winds.  They climbed up the 1000′ (300m) Autobahn, an infamous rising traverse that leads to Denali Pass, the low point between Denali’s north and south summits.  Above this point, the winds increased to a ferocious level and the team paused to reassess their ascent.  With highly variable conditions, much of the team turned back to High Camp, while Chris, Haakon and Karl pushed on.  Eventually, the weather improved and they enjoyed a beautiful evening on the top of North America.

Here they are!

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17 Comments
  1. Lars

    Amazing! Congrats – safe journey home!

  2. Betsy smith

    Unbelievable
    So proud of you Chris kuelling🙏🙏🙏🙏🎉🎉🎉🍾🍾🍾💪💪
    Xoxo Betsy

  3. Kevin Kuehler

    Congrats you guys! Well done!

  4. Cetta Bono

    Complimenti ai tre ragazzi che hanno raggiunto la cima. Continuate ad aggiornarci sul resto del gruppo… Non mollate!

  5. Dave Giles

    Way to go!

  6. Bets Reagan

    Woohoo!! Way to go, Karl and guys!!
    Congrats making it to the top!!

  7. Joe Boyle

    Congrats Chris and Team!

  8. Duke Welter

    Hooray for all of you!

  9. Betsy Kelly

    Yay to you all! Congratulations!!

  10. Kathy Ryder

    Joy, joy, joy! CONGRATULATIONS!

  11. Beth Laukka Wood

    So awesome Christopher – you are amazing! Cannot wait to hear all about!

  12. Jim Parker

    Congrats Chris! Awesome.

  13. Jim Parker

    Congrats Chris!! Awesome.

  14. Joe Welter

    Incredible!!!! Congratulations to you all!!!

  15. Andrew Donoghue

    Congratulations !!!
    Safe journey home.
    Andrew, Pauline Tara and Katie

  16. Andy Lee

    way to go Team — so proud of you Chris!
    Andy, Susan, and fam (below sea level in New Orleans)

  17. Jack

    Fantastic you made it Joanna! Everybody here very proud of you!

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