June 5 Team: Rest Day at 14 Camp

Today at 14 Camp the team rested, relaxed, ate and caught up on sleep. They have a big day tomorrow, climbing up the Headwall section of the West Buttress Route. The Headwall starts out at about 45 degrees and mellows somewhat as you get higher. The 600′ vertical rise is protected by ropes affixed into…

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June 2 Team

Unfortunately John’s message is garbled, but it’s clear he’s sending a big hello to Lucy and also to Pachi’s girls.

Here’s John:

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Rob Leskun June 5 Mountain Trip

Rest Day

Here’s Rob

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Final Report for the May 24 Team

Although the West Buttress route is not considered a highly technical climb, the physical environment of Denali presents much of the climbing challenge: miles of heavily glaciated terrain, extremes of temperatures and weather, and climbing and living at altitude. In addition to extensive glacier travel on the lower mountain, the climbing is considerably steeper above…

Weather Day at 14 Camp for the May 28 Team

Taylor called in the team report tonight from 14 Camp. The team woke to snowy, cloudy conditions and they opted to remain in 14 Camp for another day. Taylor reports that the weather appears to be clearing and the team is excited to make the move up to High Camp.

Here’s Taylor:

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June 2 Team Caches at 16400′

It was an exciting day for the June 2nd Team as they moved a load of equipment and supplies up the steepest part of the route today. They packed up their loads  and climbed about 1,400′ up moderate snow slopes to the base of a section known as The Headwall. The Headwall starts out at about…

part 2 of June 9 Team Caches

Travis called back to finish his post by stating that everyone is doing well and the plan is to move to 11 Camp tomorrow.

Here’s Travis:

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June 9 Team Caches

The recording is a bit garbled and then it cuts off, but Travis was able to convey that the team made a cache of equipment and supplies at 9600′. The team is on a “night program” meaning that they are resting during the day and moving up the glacier at night, when temperatures are lowest.…

June 5 West Buttress team pushes up to 14,200′

Enchiladas abovy 14,000′? Climber Tony Hogan called in a report for the June 5 team after a hearty dinner prepared at 14,200′ on the West Buttress Route by their guides. Mountain Trip guides wear a lot of hats; they must not only act as technical skills instructors, motivators, teachers, weather forecasters and first responders, but…