Trip Reports

Meet our May 19 West Buttress Team!

A group of climbers from different hemispheres have gathered in Anchorage to forge themselves into a team that will attempt to climb the highest peak in North America.  Denali, at 20,310 feet (6190 m), is arguably the hardest of the famed Seven Summits, due in part to it’s location just south of the Arctic Circle,…

2017 Everest Team Pushes Toward The Top!

Climbers cross a 5-ladder bridge over a huge crevasses in the Khumbu Icefall. Terry Kelleher called in a nice update from camp 2 at about 21,500′ today.  Terry climbed up two days ago with most of our team, and Jacob Schmitz, our Lead Guide for this joint Mountain Trip / Mountain Madness Everest Expedition, caught…

May 4 Denali Team – Carried Up To 16,200′

Gustav Deuss called in from the team’s home for the last week or so at 14,200′.  They carried supplies up onto the beautiful ridge above camp, which gave them a chance to experience the steepest section of the West Buttress route. They used “ascenders,” a climbing term for a clamp that will allow one direction…

May 9 Team Checks In From 14,200′

Lead Guide Joe Butler called in after the team took an active rest day yesterday and a full rest day today.  The team slept in yesterday, as there was no reason to awaken before the sun came around the mountain and warmed their tents.  They had a big breakfast and dropped back to the uphill…