May 6 West Buttress Team – Meet the Climbers!

We are thrilled to welcome our first team of climbers of the 2015 Denali season to Alaska!

Each spring, as the days grow longer, climbers from around the world feel the siren song of the north country.  Many are drawn by the challenge of attempting to climb the highest peak in North America and to experience the grandeur of the wild, rugged, Alaska Range.  At 20,320 feet (6194m), Denali is visible from over a hundred miles away, dominating the horizon as a symbol of both welcome and apprehension for climbers flying into Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport, as it rises a full 18,000′ above the surrounding landscape.

Our team is an international  one, and we would like to introduce them to you and encourage you to please follow their progress in the coming weeks.

The climbers:

Chris Lonsford is from Georgia

Candice Smith-Geiger is also from Georgia

Robert and Michael Lentz join us from sunny California

Scott Smith joins us from the Garden State

Dylan Van Roseboom is from Alaska

Mike Tsumori has made the trip from Canada

A climber who requested we not share his name has journeyed from Israel


The Mountain Trip guide team is comprised of:

Sebastian Grau Kunhart, originally from Chile and now from where he parks his Subarau

Ben Adkison, who splits his time between Montana and Antarctica

Matt Bohne from Alaska

Agustin “Udi” Karriere from Argentina


We will post as often as possible and the team will call in audio posts from the field as well.  Please understand that updating this dispatch page involves numerous moving parts and the planets aligning well enough for the team to make successful satellite phone transmissions from a very rugged area.  When posts are not made on a daily basis, please hold onto the old axiom of, “No news is good news!”  More often than not, if we do not post an update, it merely means that the team might be too busy to call out from the glacier or perhaps the weather or neighboring tall peaks prevented them from calling our office.


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