To All Mountain Trip Teams

We just heard about another accident on Denali that occurred last night.  This was not a Mountain Trip team.  All our climbers are doing fine at this time. Details are not clear at this time, but apparently four climbers roped together fell while descending from Denali Pass.  Two of the climbers did not survive.  We…

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Rest day yesterday

Eric Larson’s expedition took a rest day at high camp yesterday, and reported a change of plans.  The expedition is now attempting to climb the upper West Rib, which means they can leave from 14k camp on the West Buttress instead of descending to the Northeast Fork and starting the route from there.  This means…

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At high camp!

Jared called in yesterday to report that the group had moved up to their high camp at 16,400′.  This means that they can possibly attempt the north summit today if weather is favorable.

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Holding at high camp

Mike reports that the weather continues to mandate staying in camp.  They got prepared to leave yesterday morning before the guide team decided that conditions weren’t favorable enough for a summit attempt.  Let’s all hope for better weather for this team, they have put in a good amount of days at high camp.

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Carried to Kahiltna Pass

The team moved strong from 7,800’camp to Kahiltna Pass to leave a cache of gear.  Lead guide Chris Kerrick was impressed with the strength of the team, reporting that they had made the best carry of any of his 18 Denali expeditions.  The mood sounds optimistic and the weather is seeming to cooperate, so if…

Backcarry to 13,500′

Zach reports that all is going great and the team is adjusting readily to the higher altitude.  They backcarried to 13,500′ yesterday to have all their supplies in camp, and today may be the day the team moves up the fixed lines to carry their gear to the last cache they will make at 16,200′…

Ariel checks in from 14k

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Jules Hanna checks in from 11k

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This post is a little garbled; 11 camp is notorious for making communication difficult.  It sounds as if everything is going well, they cached around Windy Corner yesterday.

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