Trip Reports

May 11 Team – SUMMIT! CUMBRE!!

Congratulations to the members of our May 11th West Buttress team, who are standing on the summit of Denali! Strong work team!!! We don’t have a lot of details at the moment, but the team made good time ascending over 3000 feet from their High Camp at 17,200 feet. They departed camp just before 9:30…

May 26 Team Arrives in Camp 1

Lead guide Josh Jesperson calls in from Camp 1 yesterday. The team left Basecamp early yesterday morning. They packed up camp into their backpacks and sleds, laid out their ropes, and tied in. Trudging off with all 110lbs of food, gear, and fuel EACH that they flew onto the glacier with. This first day is…

May 14 Team Moves to High Camp

Lead guide Logan updates us from High Camp! The team was able to push through the tough conditions, past the fixed lines, and up to the High Camp location at 17,200′ (5242m) yesterday. They join two other teams who have been waiting out the weather at High Camp for a summit window. The May 14…

May 8 Team Weather Day at High Camp

Our lead guide Dodge calls in to report the team had another weather day at High Camp yesterday! They are enjoying lots of instant mashed potatoes and sorting through their favorite dehydrated meals. Maddy even found some surprise sticks of butter in the cache, which really brings all the meals up another level! Today, the…

May 26 Team Arrives at Basecamp

The team called in from Base Camp yesterday at 7,200′ (2194m). Base Camp is located on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier, a tributary of the mile wide and 40 mile long Kahiltna Glacier. After days of packing, months of preparation, and perhaps years of anticipation, this is the moment when it all starts…

May 18 Team Weather Day at Camp 3

Heather reports the team had another weather day at Camp 3 yesterday. The upper mountain has been experiencing high winds and frigid temps, so they have not been able to put in their last cache at 16,200′ (4937m) just yet. The team took advantage of the day, though. And took some time to practice their…

May 24 Ski Team Moves to Camp 2

The team reports a successful move to Camp 2 yesterday. After making breakfast, coffee, and melting snow for drinking water. The team packed their camp up, tied into their rope teams, slathered on some sun screen, and started off. They started their morning ascending 1,200′ (365m) up Ski Hill onto the rolling hills of the…