Trip Reports

May 29 Team Caches at 10,200′

One of our guides, Kyle Horner, called in last night. The team was able to put in a cache at 10,200′ (3108m), a little over halfway to Camp 2. Caching is an expedition style of climbing that allows teams to lighten their packs as well as acclimatize to the altitude. The team choses food, fuel, and…

May 24 Ski Team Recon at Camp 3

The ski team did some skiing above Camp 3 today. There are several “couloirs” (think rock chutes) coming off of the summit ridge that drop several thousand feet down to Camp 3. The apron (lower reaches of the run, where the rock chute opens up into a basin) of these couloirs often offers some good…

May 22 Team Caches at 16,200′

Yesterday the team left a cache at 16,200′ (4937m). The team climbed up from Camp 3 about 1,000′ (304m) or so to the bottom of the fixed lines. This usually takes a couple hours. From here the team clipped their ascenders into the fixed lines. An ascender is a progress capture device. It allows the…

May 27 Team Arrives at Camp 2

Yesterday the team packed up camp at Camp 1 (7,800′ 2377m) and lugged it all first up Ski Hill which rises about 1,200′ above Camp 1. From here the team experiences some rolling terrain back up their cache site at 10,200′ (3108m). They continue climbing past the cache site up another hill into a small…

May 18 Team Descending to Basecamp

Guide Chris Dickson calls in from Camp 3 last night. After a successful day on the summit of North America’s tallest peak (20,310 6190m), the team descended back to High Camp (17,200′ 5242m) where they spent the night after a very long day, crawling back into their sleeping bags sometime around midnight most likely. Yesterday…

May 29 Team Arrives at Camp 1

The team has arrived at Camp 1 7,200′ (2194m). The team is on a “night schedule”, moving in the early morning hours while it is still cold and the glacier is frozen. However, moving at 2am does not mean moving in the complete dark! As the sun hardly sets in Alaska this time of year.…

May 14 Back in Highcamp

Brett reports the team made it safely back to High Camp! Congratulations again to this team for their efforts. Summit day is a long day with many variables and we are glad to hear the team was able to summit and get back to High Camp in time for a little sleep. Yesterday they descended…