Trip Reports

June 11 Denali team to head for the SUMMIT!

Mountain Trip guide Ian Nicholson called in on behalf of the June 11 Denali team, who are planning on making a push for the SUMMIT today via the West Buttress Route!   All climbers on the June 11 team, including Nimrod and Yftah Sheffer, David Porter, Remo Bernhardsgrütter and Blaine Yates, will be heading for the…

June 16 Denali team caches at 10,000′

Mountain Trip guide Robert “Durny” Durnell called in with an update on the June 16 West Buttress Expedition on Denali. Last night the team made their cache at about 10,000′ on the notoriously windy Kahiltna Pass above Ski Hill. The team was undoubtedly tired out by carrying and pulling the heavy loads up a couple…

June 11 Denali team at HIGH CAMP!

Mountain Trip lead guide Ian Nicholson called in with an update on the June 11 Denali West Buttress expedition. The team took a weather window and pushed up the fixed lines from 14,200′ to 17,200′, the High Camp on the West Buttress Route, one of the steepest and most strenuous sections on the route. The…

June 15 Denali team at Camp 1

Mountain Trip guide Nick Aiello, and climber Wolfgang Pfaeffel, called in via satellite phone on behalf of the June (not May) 15 Denali West Buttress expedition, who were able to push to up to 7,800′ feet on the Kahiltna Glacier. Wolfgang gave us part of the update in German, as well. While I can’t exactly…

June 11 Denali team at 14,200′

The June 11 team called in with another bilingual (and somewhat unintelligible, in parts) update on their progress on the West Buttress Route. The team spent another day at 14,200′ resting, preparing themselves for the upper mountain and waiting on the weather to improve. They plan to move to High Camp tomorrow, June 21. Here’s…