Trip Reports

May 24 Ski Team Rests at Camp 3

After a successful summit of Denali, the ski team dropped into the Rescue Gully (one of those couloirs we mentioned previously). The Rescue Gully is still a fairly steep descent and must be approached with caution. The team found ice, which is not uncommon, and was able to descend via ropes down a portion of…

May 26 Team Moves to High Camp

Yesterday the team moved up to High Camp! They retraced their steps to the cache, climbing first for a couple of hours to the start of the Headwall where the Fixed Lines are. They ascended these ropes to the ridge at 16,200′ (4937m). Once a top the ridge they climbed another 1,000′ to High Camp.…

May 24 Ski Team Summits!!!

Not only did the team summit yesterday (yeehaw congratulations!!) they skied from the top of North America!! Many a ski team heads up this tall peak, but conditions are often not favorable for this kind of a move. So it is an extra special summit. Good job team. They are also very lucky to be…

May 29 Team Moves to Camp 3

Lead guide Jacob Schmitz calls in last night. The team was able to move up to Camp 3 yesterday, 14,200′ (4328m). We now have several Mountain Trip teams at Camp 3, party! Arriving at Camp 3 is always an exciting part of the expedition. Being at Camp 3 sets you up for the move to…

May 27 Team Backcarries to Windy Corner

Lucy calls in from Camp 3 last night. The team backcarried to Windy Corner yesterday. The dropped down from camp at 14,200′ (4328m) to their Windy Corner cache at 13,200′ (4023m). After digging up their cache, they put all their supplies in their backpacks and climbed back up to Camp 3. This typically only takes…