May 28 team ascends the fixed lines

The May 28 Mountain Trip Denali team went up on the fixed lines above 14-Camp today, the steepest and most intimidating section of the West Buttress Route, to leave a cache near High Camp. They enjoyed a spectacular walk in good weather along the ridge towards 17,200 ft. The team is resting back at 14,200…

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June 5 Denali Team caching above Camp 1

John Ladd, of the June 5 West Buttress Expedition on Denali, called in with an update on their progress. The June 5 team enjoyed the Mountain Trip classic breakfast favorite, Denali Sandwiches (cream cheese, sausage, on a toasted everything bagel) before setting off higher up the mountain. They would certainly need their energy for the…

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May 30 Team Calls From 14,200′

We have a two-part message today, as (I think) Hernán called in a report in Spanish and then Scott Woolums gave us the English version. Tenemos un mensaje de dos partes del equipo, como Hernán llama en un informe en español y después de Scott llamada en una versión Inglés. The team is at 14,200′…

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May 28 Team holding at 14,200 ft.

Client Mark calls in on behalf of the May 28 team, who have run into weather on the high mountain. He said that they spent the day in their tents, drinking hot drinks, sleeping, and doing their best to pass the time until. He joked that they all talked a lot about solving the world’s…

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June 5 Team at Base Camp

Mountain Trip Guide Ben Adkison called in on behalf of the June 5 team from Denali Base Camp at 7,200 ft. Due to bad weather, the team spent a “layover day” in Talkeetna, working on sled and pack rigging and glacier travel skills. They had a successful flight out to the glacier yesterday morning, and…

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Another Summit!! May 22 Team!

Yesterday, our May 22nd team awoke at 17,200′ with the understanding that it was the last day they had available in their schedule to make a summit bid.  As the sun crept around the south side of north America’s tallest mountain, the skies cleared and the team suited up, tied into their climbing ropes and…

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June 1 Team Calls from Camp 2

Honglin Guo called in from the beautiful basin camp on the West Buttress route of Denali.  The team moved up in cold, somewhat foggy conditions, climbing about 4.5 miles above the site of their previous camp. The route climbed up the first big hill of the route, known as Ski Hill, which starts right above…

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