Meet the May 25th Denali West Buttress Team!

We are thrilled to you introduce you to our May 25, 2021 Denali West Buttress team! The team will be made up of long-time lead guide Sebastian “Seba” Grau, assistant guide Chris Dickson and climber Lenard Liberman.

At 20,310 feet (6190 m), majestic Denali rises higher from it’s base than any other mountain, soaring a full 18,000 feet 5486 m) above its surrounding landscape.  Due to its location so close to the Arctic Circle, conditions can often be very winter-like well into the summer months, so the team will undoubtedly encounter some of the temperatures and weather for which Denali is famous. The team will climb the West Buttress route, which will lead them through heavily glaciated terrain from the glacial air strip and Base Camp on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier at 7,200′, to Camp One at 7,800′, Camp Two at 11,200′, Camp Three at 14,200′, High Camp at 17,200′, to–conditions permitting–the 20,310′ summit!

Throughout the team’s expedition, please keep in mind the adage of “no news is good news” in terms of the updates from the field. There are some days when certain circumstances, like poor satellite phone reception (this happens frequently at Camp 2 at 11,200′, as it is situated in a high-alpine basin with massive peaks on all sides), fatigue from a particularly long day, no change in their situation due to weather, etc., will prevent teams from calling in an update. Friends and family are encouraged to leave comments for their loved ones on this expedition, but keep in mind that they will not be able to see posts or comments until they return to Talkeetna after the end of their expedition, once they leave the glacier.

We wish the best of luck to the team and stay tuned!

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  1. Wendy and Steve Fink met two climbers headed for the 27 May assent, Terry and Lief.
    They mentioned we can follow their progress via the mountaintrip site.
    How do we do that?

    • Hello! You can follow all our Trip Reports here on the website. All reports will be titled by their trip date, so for Terry and Lief, be looking out for the May 27th West Buttress Denali Team. Thank you!

  2. So happy to see that you are on your way on this amazing journey! Take care brother and wishing you a great climb!

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