May 11 Denali West Buttress Trip – “Now the mountaineering begins.”

Climber Michael Kenny May 11 Denali West Buttress expedition called in from Camp Two at 11,200′ after a productive back carry.

The team picked up their cache down near Kahiltna Pass and returned to camp at 11,200′ in greatly improved weather, finally able to catch the views of the spectacular high peaks around them. The clouds have cleared for the moment, at least on the upper mountain.

If the weather cooperates, they will ascend up Motorcycle and Squirrel Hill and around Windy Corner to set their high cache.

They will make their transition to crampons tomorrow! As Mike put it: “The approach is over. Now the mountaineering begins.”

Once the team reaches Camp Three at 14,200′, they will spend at least a day acclimating and will hopefully be able to send us some photos direct from camp.

Mike gave a big shoutout to his family in this dispatch. Click below to have a listen.

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  1. Best wishes to all of the team. May your blessings be many and your challenges only serve to help you grow! Special love to my son Todd whose adventuresome spirit certainly helps me grow! 💕

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