May 28 Denali West Buttress — Meet the Team!



Our Denali season is in full swing, and another crew of climbers has joined together to fly into the Alaska Range and embark on a 21-day expedition on the glaciated West Buttress of the ‘Great One,’ 20,310′.

This is the first trip of the season that hasn’t had a majority of foreign members; in fact, this team has all traveled from various states to Alaska, to attempt to reach the summit of the highest peak in North America — Denali.

Let’s meet the climbers!

Jonathan Bertera, of Florida, USA.

Ryan Cech, from MN, USA.

Michael Ross, from Montana, USA.

Lara and Stephan Daniel, of Colorado, USA.

Andrew Coleman, also of Colorado, USA.

Brian Bishop, of Texas, USA.

Sean Karls, of Colorado, USA.

The Mountain Trip guide team will be led by Aaron Diamond, who will be assisted by Ty Guarino and Will Marsh.

Please keep in mind that NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS. Teams call in via satellite phone from one of the most remote mountain ranges on earth, and they cannot always establish a good connection to update us with audio. Some places on the mountain, especially Camp Two at 11,200′, are especially tough to establish a connection. Other times, the team will be climbing on a particular schedule and may neglect to call in for a couple of days — same goes for when they have a particularly strenuous day, or if not much has changed in terms of their position on the route.

Feel free to leave encouraging comments for friends and family members, but remember that they wont have access to read or respond until they emerge from the Alaska Range to the relative civilization of Talkeetna, AK.

Best of luck to the guides and climbers!

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  1. Following this expedition with great interest from the balmy comfort of sea level in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

    Go get ’em!


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