Trip Reports

MEET THE JUNE 15 HERNAN TEAM

We’d like to welcome Hernan Leal to Alaska! Hernan is attempting the West Buttress of Denali, North America’s highest peak, and they will be led by Mountain Trip guide team Bill Allen, Ernesto Olivares, and Rene Welty.   The West Buttress is a classic mountaineering challenge that climbs 13,000′ from the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna…

June 13 Denali – On The Glacier!

Lead guide Rob “Durny” Durnell called in from the Southeast Fork of the Talkeetna Glacier, the site of Denali Base Camp! The team drove up to the small, end of the road town of Talkeetna, Alaska on the morning of June 14th, arriving first at the airstrip, where they unloaded their gear and supplies at…

MAY 31 TEAM REST DAY AT 14 CAMP

The team woke to very cold temperatures and windy weather, and they decided to take a rest day at 14 Camp. Rest days are important for team members to remain rested, hydrated and ready for the challenges of the upper mountain. It sounds like the team is eating well and enjoying the social atmosphere of…

JUNE 7 TEAM AT 11,200′ CAMP

The team is making good progress, and they are settled in at 11,200′ Camp today. It sounds like everyone is doing well and feeling strong as the team moves up the glacier. Tomorrow they plan to move a load of equipment and supplies to a cache site at 13,500′. Immediately outside of camp, the team…

MAY 30 TEAM HOLDING AT HIGH CAMP

The team is holding at High Camp, watching the weather carefully for break in the wind. Yoshiko reports high winds overnight, so the team plans to rest, hydrate and enjoy the views at High Camp for the day. Fingers crossed for good weather tomorrow! Note the snow walls erected around camp. This is to protect…

May 30 Team – Holding at High Camp

Today the team is holding at high camp due to the weather. Ian called in this morning and was reporting significant winds in camp despite the favorable weather forecast. This team has seen all types of weather on their trip but, the combination of below zero temperature and high winds make a summit bid impossible…

May 31 Team Fubar at 14,000′ Camp

Today the team will practice the skills they need to keep moving uphill.   The next part of the route includes steep fixed lines and running protection. The fixed lines climb a section of the west buttress just below the ridge that leads to high camp. Once Team Fubar climbs the fixed lines, they will continue…