May 17th West Buttress Denali Expedition – Arrives at Camp 3!

The May 17th West Buttress Denali Expedition (aka the “Tallest Team on the Mountain”) has made it to Camp 3! 

Assistant Guide Boaz called in with the update.

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14-Camp transforms into a small city during the height of Denali season.

The team moved up and around Windy Corner to join our other teams at Camp 3 in the beautiful 14,200′ Genet Basin.

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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Camp 3 at 14,200′

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