Today the crew made a big push up the steepest part of the West Buttress route, carrying loads of equipment and supplies to a cache site 16,400′. They started out early, climbing moderate snow slopes for approximately 1,400′ above 14 Camp. At roughly 15,600′, they reached the Headwall, a steep ice and snow slope that…Details
They are moving on up! The team made a single carry to a camp located at 10,000′. A “single carry” happens when a team moves camp with all of their belongings, as opposed to a “double carry” which implies that the team caches a load of equipment and supplies and then picks up the cached…Details
From 11 Camp, the team made a short descent to retrieve their cache. This system of caching allows the team to move manageable loads up the mountain and acclimate at the same time. The team arrived on the glacier with an incredible amount of food and supplies to take care of themselves for 21 days…Details
The team spent a good chunk of the day practicing skills that they will use on the upper mountain, right out of 14 Camp. It was also a day for the team to rest, relax, and hydrate before heading tomorrow to altitudes exceeding 16,400′. The physical exertion combined with the thin air at high altitude…Details
Through hard work and sheer will, the team made it to the top of Denali. Congratulations, everyone!
The team made a quick drop from 11 Camp down to their cache site to retrieve the cache. It’s a quick round trip and after they returned to camp, Fischer lead a skills lesson for the team. It sounds like everyone is doing well and enjoying the break in the weather!
The team is back in Anchorage, safe and sound. Here’s Brian with a final trip report:
WELCOME TO DENALI, JUNE 22 WEST BUTTRESS TEAM! Our final West Buttress trip of the season convened in Alaska a couple of days ago, to gear up for their 21-day expedition on Denali. They will be taking the classic West Buttress Route, with a rich climbing history of over a century, to, conditions…
Ryan called in for the June 11 Denali West Buttress at Camp Three at 14,200′! The team plans on being at 14-Camp for another couple of days to acclimate to the thinner air of the upper mountain, rest up for their summit bid, and refresh mountaineering skills that will be essential as the route becomes…
Mountain Trip climber John Reed called in an update on the June 15 West Buttress expedition at Camp Two (John mistakenly mentions Camp One, but the team has made their way to Camp Two at 11,200′). The team has been traveling on a night schedule up to this point, and as John mentions, experiencing a…