Back in town

Four separate expeditions are now out of the mountains and living it up in town.  Burmeister and his West Buttress team are spending the night in Talkeetna, while the West Rib team, Qobin’s expedition and the Northwest Buttress crew are sleeping soundly in Anchorage.  Good work and congratulations to all the expeditions, and welcome back!

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At 14,200′ camp

Chris and company pulled into 14,200′ camp this evening, and are happily in their sleeping bags after eating another delicious meal.  Tomorrow they will travel down glacier for about 30 minutes to pick up their cache of gear, and spend the afternoon reviewing skills needed to proceed higher on the mountain.

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A summit bid, bad weather

Joe and the team made a bid for the Denali summit, but were turned down by increasingly bad weather conditions.  They descended safely to camp and are now gathering their strength for one more shot tomorrow.  Tomorrow is their “up or down” day, the last day an expedition can attempt the summit due to limitations…

Zach Johnson at high camp

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Jacob Schmitz resting at 14k

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Back in Anchorage…

Hello everyone… What a great trip in the Alaska Range. I just like to take a moment to thank everyone on our trip for coming with a open mind and a positive attitude. In all we had a well rounded safe trip in one of the harshest climates on earth. The Alaska range is an…

Carried around Windy Corner today

‘Hot’ was how 2nd guide Greg described the team’s carry to 13,500′ today.  Besides the heat, everything went smooth, with the entire team continuing to perform strong despite the increased altitude.

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Arrived at high camp!

The team has pulled into high camp at 17,200′, set up their tents, eaten a meal and are most likely tucked into their sleeping bags asleep as I write this.  It sounded like a long hard day, and most likely the team will take a rest day tomorrow to charge their batteries and regain some…

Carried gear up the fixed lines

Jacob and company carried loads up the fixed lines to 16,400′ today, and as before everyone reportedly did a great job, moving strong and efficiently.  A guide team went a little further up the ridge to high camp in order to put a little extra food ahead of the group and to try to secure…