Trip Reports

May 11 Team Moves to High Camp

The May 11 team packed up from Camp 3 yesterday. They ascended 1,000′ to the bergschrund below the fixed lines. A berschrund is where the glacier meets steep ice and sloughs dramatically away from it creating a gaping crevasse. Here, the team attached their ascender to their harness and to the rope (fixed line). They…

May 8 Team Rest Day at High Camp

Guide Maddy Crowell calls in to update us from High Camp at 17,200′ (5242m). As I explained in the report yesterday, you can be ready to go for the summit but there are a lot of variables to be considered. Yesterday the team was waiting out some cold temps (a wind chill on the summit…

May 14 Team Rest Day at Camp 3

We really enjoyed listening to today’s update! Kudos to the performer. The May 14 team enjoyed a rest day at Camp 3. No significant updates from these folks. They are resting up and getting ready for the move to High Camp, which they should be doing today. The upper mountain is seeing some colder temps…

May 22 Team Arrives at Camp 1

Kathryn called in last night to let us know that the May 22 Denali team has safely arrived at Camp 1 at 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…

May 8 Team Rest Day at High Camp

Lead guide Dodge calls in for the May 8 team last night. Yesterday, they had a well deserved rest day at High Camp at 17,200′ (5242m). The team ate a lot of food and drank a lot of water. Making sure they are well rested, hydrated, and full of calories before their big attempt at…

May 14 Team Caches at 16,200′

The Stokemaster strikes again, give this entertaining report a listen! Grant calls in from Camp 3 around 14,000′ (4267m) to let us know that the May 14 team has put in a cache on the ridge at 16,200′ (4937m). They had a character building time on the fixed lines, encountering blue ice, steep snow, and…

May 18 Team Caches at Windy Corner

Fergus called in last night for the May 18 team update. The team successfully cached at Windy Corner at 13,500′ (4114m) yesterday. This marks the beginning of steeper terrain on the route. Leaving Camp 2 at 11,200′ (3413m) the team climbs 1,000′ (304m) up Motorcycle Hill rising from the northeast corner of the basin the…