Meet the May 27th Denali West Buttress Team!

Meet the May 27th Denali West Buttress Team! Composed of lead-guide Jesse Wright and assistant guides Ty Guarino and Robert Caldwell. Climbers include Greg, Terry, Leif and Ning.

Denali rises up to 20,310 feet (6190 m). 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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