May 30 Denali West Buttress Team – Moved to Camp 1 (7,800′)

The May 30 Denali West Buttress Team moved to Camp 1 yesterday. The move to Camp 1 is a big day, 5.5 miles and 1000′ of elevation gain, with the most weight of the entire trip (about 110lb/person!) so the team was grateful to have some cloud cover. When the sun is shining on the lower glacier, the temperatures can feel quite tropical.

Today, the team plans to make a cache of gear around 10,200′. This cache serves multiple purposes. It helps the team acclimatize by “climbing high and sleeping low”, in addition to breaking up the load and stashing gear and food that will be used on the upper mountain.


Climber Gary, called in. Have a listen:


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