Trip Reports

June 16 Denali Team moves to High Camp

Mountain Trip guide Robert “Durney” Durnell called in with an update on the June 16 West Buttress Expedition, who have moved to High Camp on Denali! Since the steep, exposed section of the route on the Headwall requires crampons instead of snowshoes, so the team had to break trail in waist to chest deep snow.…

June 24 Denali Team descending to Base Camp

Mountain Trip guide Pablo Parunjacas called in with an update on the June 24 Denali West Buttress Team, who made the decision to turn around below the fixed lines up to High Camp. The team was plagued throughout their ascent by snowy conditions and low visibility, which makes movement on the route much harder than…

June 26 Denali team at 11,200′

Hmm. We’re scratching our heads a bit from this one. We were able to tell that the update came from climber Katrin Oertel, and that half of it was in German, but unfortunately they had a spotty satellite phone connection, likely due to the snowy conditions. The Mountain Trip June 26 West Buttress Expedition is…