A group of climbers from around the world have gathered in Anchorage to forge themselves into a team that will attempt to climb the highest peak in North America. Denali, at 20,310 feet (6190 m), is arguably the hardest of the famed Seven Summits, due in part to it’s location just south of the Arctic Circle, and also due to the famously huge loads that climbers need carry on any attempt of the mountain.
Today, the following climbers are meeting a guide team from Mountain Trip to finalize their preparations for an attempt on the classic West Buttress route. This route climbs a full 13,000 feet (3962 m) from Base Camp in the remote Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier, to the south summit of Denali. The guides will check their gear and clothing, then assist the climbers with packing almost 20 pounds of snacks for the ascent. Once the team meeting and equipment check are complete, the team will grab lunch and finish picking up last minute supplies. A trip to the equipment store is mandatory—-what climber doesn’t like to browse the latest, greatest in climbing equipment?
Let’s meet the team!
Alexander Pancoe from Illinois
Tim Wright from Perth, Australia
Justin Kile from Colorado
Neil Reisinger from Wisconsin
Chris Douglas from Whangarei, New Zealand
Steve Moffat from Wanaka, New Zealand
The Mountain Trip guides for this expedition are Brian Muller, Ty Guarino, and Lee Lyon.
Today will be busy in Anchorage, where they will spend the night at the Lakefront Hotel. Tomorrow morning, we’ll pick up the climbers and drive a couple hours north to the end of the road, the small town of Talkeetna, Alaska. There, the team will check in with the National Park Service Rangers at the South District Ranger Station before loading their equipment and supplies onto ski-equipped planes for the 40 minute flight into the Alaska Range.
We will post updates as team members call in from the field. Please understand that making a satellite phone call from deep in the rugged Alaska Range is not always easy or even possible, so there could well be gaps between updates. We encourage everyone to hold firmly to the age old, “No News Is Good News!” Lastly, we encourage you to append your comments to the team’s updates. While the climbers won’t see your comments until they are off the mountain, we have heard over and over again how much it means to them to read of your thoughts and good wishes.