June 17th West Buttress Expedition

Welcome to the expedition dispatches for Mountain Trip’s June 17th West Buttress Expedition.  We’ll be following the progress of the climbers on their 2-3 week journey up the West Buttress of Denali.   We’ll typically post dispatches every day and often we’ll embed a recording of the phone call from the team on the mountain.   There…


May 27 team arrived in Base Camp

They’ve had quite a journey, and more than their share of bad weather, but they are all safely down to base camp and expect to be flying out to Talkeetna in the next hour or two.  Great effort, bad luck.

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Camp 1

We received a call from the team from Camp 1 this evening.  The weather wasn’t great, but they were able to move up the glacier about 5 miles up to Camp 1 at 7,800 ft.   It’s not a lot of vertical gain, but the loads were big and they covered some ground today.  There were…

Snowy Day at 11k

It was a snowy, stormy day on Denali today so the team got a day of rest.   They ate a big breakfast and spent the day relaxing a bit, ready to go tomorrow.   The weather forecast called for light winds and partly cloudy, so it just goes to show you how worthless the forecast can…

More tough weather on the way down

The team is heading down the mountain, but the weather continues to challenge them.   It’s been a windy and snowy couple of days and they spent today just above windy corner waiting for the winds to calm so they could continue their descent to base camp.  The weather forecast has continued to call for partly…

Team Duncan at Camp 2

The team battled a bit of wind and snow today, but were able to get the job done today.  They slept in a bit this morning and had a relaxing start to this relatively short day.  The job was to go back down to the cache that they left at about 10,000 ft a couple…

Warfighter Team at 11,000ft

The team had a day at camp to practice with their crampons and ice axes, which they’ll need further up the hill.   A team of guides carried a load of gear up around “Windy Corner” today in preparation for moving up tomorrow.

Here’s Gabi calling in this evening from 11,200 ft.


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