May 8 Team – Aiming for Summit Day

The May 8 Team successfully moved out of Camp 3 14,200 ft (4328 m) to Camp 4 17,200 ft (5242 m). Also known as “High Camp” this is the highest-elevation camp on the West Buttress Route. The team is in stellar shape after acclimatizing gradually over the last two weeks when they arrived at base camp. Seems like a lifetime ago!

Tomorrow they will take a well-earned rest day before they will team will be making their summit attempt to the summit of Denali at 20,300 ft (6187 m)! The round-trip climb to the high point of North America will take eight to twelve hours or more. Usually, the crew will depart camp early, climb up to Denali Pass 18,000 ft (5486 m), and follow the route past Arch Deacon’s Tower and the Football Field to the slopes leading to the “Summit Ridge”.

On this spectacular ridge, you can often see down into the Ruth Glacier with views of classic Alaskan peaks such as the Moose’s Tooth, Mount Huntington and Mount Hunter. We’re excited to hear from this team tomorrow!


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