May 23 Denali West Buttress Team – Back Carry and Skills Day at Camp 3

The May 23 Team did a back carry today from the 14,200′ camp to retrieve the rest of their food and gear from just above windy corner. This is what we call an “active rest day”. The team then spent the rest of the day working on necessary skills to tackle the headwall above 14k camp. This includes how to ascend the fixed lines and use running belay protection. The headwall is steep 45 degree slope for about 1000′ up to the 16k ridge.

Today, the team plans to make a cache of gear for high camp on the 16k ridge.


Here’s Lead Guide Yoshiko with an update:


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