May 8 Team – Camped at 14,200′!

Cyrille called in a nice post in French from the large basin camp at 14,200 feet.  The team moved up today and had some excitement, when one of the members, Ryan, found himself suddenly chest-deep in a crevasse at about 13,700 feet!  The glacier was quite wind-swept and the trail crosses a number of well-known…

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May 12 Team—Practicing Skills and Ready to Move up the Glacier

Silvia called in the team’s report today. She reports that the weather is beautiful and sunny, the team is eating well (pancake breakfast!), and practicing glacier travel skills. The plan is to move up the glacier to Camp 1 at 7800 feet, a distance of 5 miles from base camp.

Here’s Silvia:

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May 12 West Buttress Team – Meet the Team!

Our May 12th team will congregate in Anchorage, Alaska to finalize their preparations and complete their packing before heading farther north to attempt an ascent of the classic West Buttress route of Denali.  Denali is a beacon for climbers from around the world and this team is representative of that spirit of camaraderie that transcends…

May 8th Denali Team in Base Camp

The team is off to a great start and flew into base camp on a beautiful day yesterday.   We drove to Talkeetna from Anchorage in the morning, and after a briefing and check in with one of the National Park Service climbing rangers, loaded their piles of gear into planes and flew into base camp. …

Aconcagua Expedition Recap

Well, we are all back, following our climb and traverse of the highest peak in South America.  As I attempt to process the experience from the comfort of my home and warm office, I’m struck by what a challenging trip we had, and how some of the biggest challenges were not of the physical kind… …