June 11 Denali team at HIGH CAMP!

Mountain Trip lead guide Ian Nicholson called in with an update on the June 11 Denali West Buttress expedition. The team took a weather window and pushed up the fixed lines from 14,200′ to 17,200′, the High Camp on the West Buttress Route, one of the steepest and most strenuous sections on the route. The…

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June 15 Denali team at Camp 1

Mountain Trip guide Nick Aiello, and climber Wolfgang Pfaeffel, called in via satellite phone on behalf of the June (not May) 15 Denali West Buttress expedition, who were able to push to up to 7,800′ feet on the Kahiltna Glacier. Wolfgang gave us part of the update in German, as well. While I can’t exactly…

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June 11 Denali team at 14,200′

The June 11 team called in with another bilingual (and somewhat unintelligible, in parts) update on their progress on the West Buttress Route. The team spent another day at 14,200′ resting, preparing themselves for the upper mountain and waiting on the weather to improve. They plan to move to High Camp tomorrow, June 21. Here’s…

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Final dispatch: May 28 Denali team

With plenty of adventures, twists, turns (and way too many laughs to count), the May 28 Mountain Trip team returns to Anchorage happy and satisfied, having placed all 5 clients on the summit. The international relations of our team members provided plenty of banter and smiles along the way, often providing the catalyst for “solving…

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