Meet the Team – The June 12th West Buttress Denali Expedition!

Please help us welcome our 16th Denali team of the season: the June 12th West Buttress Denali Expedition!

The June 12th Team, ready to fly!

The June 12th Expedition consists of:

  • Climber Pat Singh 
  • Climber Dan Boland
  • Climber Decatur Boland

Led by their amazing guides:

  • Lead Guide Jed Porter
  • Assistant Guide Mija Pedreros

Here’s their first audio dispatch from Jed! Audio Dispatch


Denali, in all her glory.

We are excited to follow along as the team begins their journey to ascend the snow and ice-covered slopes of Denali in a quest to stand atop the highest summit in North America at 20,310 feet (6,190 meters). Denali, which is Athabaskan for “The Great One”, rises a full 18,000 feet (5,486 meters) above its surrounding landscape; that’s 5,000 feet more than the elevation relief of Mt. Everest!

Our team will climb Denali via the classic West Buttress Route which will ascend over 13,000 feet from Basecamp on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier to the sky-scraping 20,310 foot (6,190 meter) summit. The West Buttress will lead the team through heavily glaciated terrain from Basecamp on 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.

To get a better understanding of the route, check out our interactive map on

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, or no change in their situation due to weather, 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.

Also, don’t forget that you can subscribe to this expedition’s Field Reports by entering your email address in the form to the right. That way, you never miss an update!

Interested in more information about conditions and happenings on Denali? Be sure to also check out the Denali National Park’s Denali Dispatches Blog where they post weekly Field Reports.



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