May 24 West Buttress Team – Fixed rope ascension practice at 14k

The May 24 Denali West Buttress team called in an update from Camp Three at 14,200′, back in camp after a day of skills practice.

The team spent the majority of the day practicing ascending the fixed ropes and running belays, and practicing essential ice axe and crampon techniques, like self-arrest and different methods of ascending with all points of their crampons engaged. The team then returned to camp for lunch and a bit of rest as the snow moved in and the weather turned severe. The teams on the upper mountain encountered lightning and heavy snow unexpectedly and many teams had to abandon summit attempts. If weather allows, the team will spend today caching above the fixed lines on the ridge, at around 16,400′

Here’s the update from the team!

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