Trip Reports

West Rib Team Moves to 11,200′

Lead Guide Sebasitan Grau called in from a beautiful basin at 11,200′ on the West Buttress route, as the team acclimatizes in preparation for their alpine style ascent of the West Rib. The climbers are fit and excited to be gaining elevation.  Today they climbed up from 7800′ in what Seba describes as a relatively…

May 15 Denali Team – Meet The Team!!

Each year, beginning in late April or early May, climbers from around the world arrive in Alaska, intent to attempt the tallest mountain in North America, Denali.  At 20,310 feet (6190 m), it rises a full 18,000 feet 5486 m) above its surrounding landscape.  It has the highest vertical rise of any planet on earth,…

DSUSA Denali Team Carried Up To 13,500′

Jason Aldine called in from the basin camp at 11,200′ with an update on the Dsiabled Sports USA Warfighter Challenge Team.  Today, the climbers carried loads of supplies up the steep Motorcycle Hill, which rises immediately outside of their camp.  After a thousand feet of climbing, they took a break before continuing up even steeper…

Denali May 13th Team – At Camp 1

The team moved up the broad Kahiltna Glacier today, carrying the heaviest loads of the trip roughly five miles (8 km) up glacier.  Well, the route actually started with a descent from Base Camp, down the tributary Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier, following it as it flowed down to meet the main body of…

Denali West Rib Team – Chris Checks In

Chris Silkwood called in via a not-great satellite phone connection.  The team is at 7,800′ on the Kahiltna Glacier and today, they carried food and supplies higher on the glacier as they continue their acclimatization process. Today, they climbed up about 2500′ to the head of the Kahiltna.  They dug a deep pit in the…