May 20 Team – Turned Around at 18K

Lead Mountain Trip guide Elias de Andrés-Martos radioed in from Camp 3 14,200 ft (4328 m) after his climbing team made a very strong attempt at the summit of Denali and the high point of North America 20,310 ft (6187 m)! Most importantly this team gave their objective their absolute all while making it back to camp safely. However, the mountain weather and conditions have the final call on whether or not a summit attempt can be realized.

After leaving High Camp 17,200 ft (5242 m) early in the morning and traversing across the epic section of the West Buttress known as the Autobahn the team arrived at Denali Pass 18,000 ft (5486 m). This exposed section of ridge climbing is susceptible to extreme winds and deteriorating conditions. It is not a place you want to be caught in a storm. Our May 20 Team encountered these high winds and along with all other climb teams on the mountain made the call to put safety first with a turnaround.

Climbing expeditions are where climbers come to learn that their trip is truly about the journey, not the destination. There is so much to be gained between the 11,000 ft section between Basecamp and High Camp that we are so stoked this team was able to experience. They will descend back to base camp when the weather allows. Congratulations you epic adventure team! Stay tuned.


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  1. Hi Sue & Team,
    Congrats on 18k…sorry the weather didn’t permit the summit…but a valiant attempt to say the least!! Can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!!! Love ya girlie!! 🥰🥰

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