Trip Reports

May 11 Denali West Buttress Expedition at Base Camp

The May 11th group of Denali hopefulls, Mountain Trip’s second Denali expedition of the season, has just successfully arrived at Base Camp on the Kahiltna Glacier. Lead guide Joe Butler called in to headquarters on behalf of his group, which includes Bob Baker, who has taken several trips on Denali with Mountain Trip over the years. Joe said…

May 12 Everest Expedition Dispatch

It was a rest day at Mountain Trip Base Camp today. Spending time resting, recovering, and acclimating here at our base camp is an inevitable part of any Everest Expedition. We keep ourselves entertained in a variety of ways, and the days actually seem to go by pretty quickly here. We’ll generally have breakfast shortly…

May 6 Denali Team – Weathering the storm

Mountain Trip’s May 6 Denali West Buttress Expedition called in with an update from Camp 1. Unfortunately, due to weather, the team is hunkered down at camp with a forecast of high winds and a lot of snow. In the meantime, the team is loading up on calories before they head further up the mountain,…

May 6 Denali Team Update

The May 6 Denali West Buttress team called in yesterday evening from Camp 1 with an update on their trip’s progress. After caching some supplies higher up on the route to lighten their load for the climb, the team returned to Camp 1 to spend the night before beginning the next round of their ascent and…

May 10 Everest Expedition calls from Base Camp

Vanessa called in to HQ early this morning for a quick update on Mountain Trip’s Everest Expedition, who have successfully returned to Base Camp after a round of acclimatization. Before descending, they had reached their highest point to date, above Camp 2. The team awoke and began to prepare for their descent at 4 a.m., departing…

May 6 Denali Team Calls From Camp 1

Grant Maughan called in from 7,800′ on the broad Kahiltna Glacier after the team successfully moved five miles up the West Buttress route, on their journey to climb Denali.  They got a very early start, but still encountered warm conditions, with some episodes of thick snowfall. Here’s Grant!

May 9 Everest Expedition Dispatch

We awoke at 3:45 a.m. this morning and struggled out of our sleeping bags in the dark to get an early start on our climb up the Lhotse Face, a demanding section of the route that begins just a few hundred feet above Camp 2. After a breakfast of cereal and freshly-baked cinnamon rolls (yes,…

May 6 Denali Team – Glacier Birthday!

Lead Guide Yoshiko Miyazaki-Back called in from 7,200′ on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier, where the May 6th team spent the day reviewing skills and preparing to move upwards on the West Buttress route of Denali. The weather is holding, and despite some clouds, the daytime temperatures are quite warm.  The plan is…