Trip Reports

June 5 Denali team resting at 14,200′

Lead guide Ben Adkison called in with an update on the June 5 Denali West Buttress team, who have been making steady, consistent progress up the mountain.   Ben said they woke up late and had a big breakfast of chocolate chip coconut pancakes before caching above camp.He said the weather was impressively clear and…

May 28 Team – Multiple Summits!

The members of our May 28th team have had a somewhat “out of the box” few days!  The team has split up, for reasons to be explained below, but everyone is doing well and is in good spirits.  Three of the five team members have reached the summit via two separate attempts and two more…

June 5 Denali Team caching above 14-Camp

John Ladd of the May 5 Denali West Buttress Team called in with a short update on the team’s progress on the mountain. The team retrieved their cache below camp yesterday. The day started out bitterly cold, John reported, and the team tried their best to keep warm as they descended below 14,000′ to retrieve…

May 30 Team feeling healthy at Camp 3

Lead Guide Scott Woolums called in with an update on the May 30 West Buttress Expedition. The team is still at Camp 3 at 14,200′, with their cache all set on the ridge to High Camp for when they move higher. The team went for a short hike towards the West Rib Route for some…

June 11 Denali West Buttress Team at Camp 1

Yftah Sheffer, a climber on the Mountain Trip June 11 Denali Team called in with an update on their progress on the West Buttress Route. The team had a smooth, scenic flight from Talkeetna to Denali Base Camp on the Kahiltna Glacier. They went over a few glacier travel skills, rigged up sleds and packs,…

June 5 Denali Team at 14,200′

Lead Guide Ben Adkison called in with an update on the June 5 team’s progress up the West Buttress Route. They’ve made speedy progress to Camp 3 at 14,200′, and were fortunate enough (once again) to not experience any wind around the infamous Windy Corner. The team cached at 13,500′ a couple of days ago,…