Trip Reports

May 13 Team – At Base Camp!

Lead guide Rob “Durny” Durnell called in two posts from Base Camp.  The team had a brief weather delay and flew to the glacier one day later than planned, but as they intended to spend their first day on the snow reviewing skills, the timing worked out well. After loading up and flying to the…

MEET THE MAY 13 TEAM!

We are pleased to welcome the team members of our 3rd Denali team of the 2015 climbing season.  The team, including a father and two sons, consists of climbers  from points around the world.  Climbing a big, cold mountain such as Denali entails a lot of preparation, as well as a healthy dose of trust…

MAY 6 TEAM HOLDING AT CAMP

Seba called to report that during the night the wind picked up and moved some weather over the upper mountain,  so the team decided to stay put in camp today. They enjoyed a nice, hot breakfast and spent their time resting and relaxing. Ben and Udi, guides who assisted the injured Israeli climber to Base…

MAY 11 TEAM PHOTOS

We have a few photos of the May 11 team in Talkeetna, preparing for the flight to the Kahiltna glacier. The Team flew to Base Camp yesterday, and today they are on the move to Camp 1. We expect to receive an audio dispatch from the team tonight. Stay tuned!  

FINAL EVEREST DISPATCH FROM JACOB SCHMITZ

Hello and thank you for following the 2015 Mountain Trip Everest Expedition. Unfortunately, the expedition ended on May 25th after a 7.9 earthquake hit Nepal. I was sitting in my tent just before lunch when I felt the earthquake. I knew that there was a lot of avalanche hazard all around Everest Base Camp (EBC),…

May 6 Team – Moves to 11,200′ Camp

Sebastian called in from 11,200′ camp, where the team moved up to today.  About an hour out of camp, an unfortunate event occurred, when one of the team, a climber from Israel, experienced severe and debilitating back pain at the top of Ski Hill.  A very experienced climber with loads of high altitude experience, he…

May 6 Denali Team calls from Camp 1

Robert Lentz called in a very nice and detailed update from the team’s first camp on the West Buttress.  They are camped at 7,800′ on the Kahiltna Glacier.  The Kahiltna is a huge glacier, that runs almost 40 miles from north to south, starting at a saddle between the West Buttress of Denali and a…