Trip Reports

May 11 Team Arrives at Camp 2

Jordan calls in to let us know that the May 11 team has successfully moved up to Camp 2 (11,200′ 3413m). After making breakfast, coffee, and melting snow for water this morning, the team broke down camp and packed everything up in backpacks and sleds. Once that big task is done the team lays out…

May 14 Team Caches at 10,200′

The team had a successfully cache at 10,200′ today near Kahiltna Pass. This is the team’s first cache of many on the trip. Caching is part of the expedition style of climbing that allows climbers to “climb high and sleep low”, making it easier for the body to acclimate to the new altitudes as they…

May 8 Team Cached at Windy Corner

A team from last year rounding Windy Corner to the cache site. The West Buttress rises to the right in the photo. James called in to report a successful cache at Windy Corner yesterday. The team enjoyed beautiful weather, wearing sun hoodies up to the cache at 13,500′. At this point, the team will leave…

May 11 Team Weather Day at Camp 1

The May 11 team dug in at Camp 1 through some wind and low visibility yesterday. Rest day/weather days are a great time to refine your cribbage skills, catch up on some reading, take a nap, or worry about eating all the snacks you brought for the whole trip.. Depending on where you are on…

May 8 Team Weather Day at Camp 2

A snowman from the Denali archives! Dave called in to update us from Camp 2 at 11,000′. The team enjoyed a weather slash rest day, and took the time to practice their “snow craft” using snow saws and their shovels. During foul weather, the wind can really pick up and it is important to protect…

May 14 Team Arrives in Basecamp!

A photo from the Denali Archives of one of our teams leaving Basecamp “Stoke Master” Grant Purdue calls in from Bascamp last night after the May 14 team flew into the South East Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier from Talkeetna yesterday around 2:00p AKDT. On Saturday, in preparation the team did their team safety brief,…

May 11 Team Cached at 9,800′

The May 11 team called in last night 8:22 AKDT to report a successful cache up to 9,800′ on the glacier near Kahiltna Pass. Yesterday the team got up and chose fuel, food, gear, and other supplies that they wouldn’t need for a few days. They packed these items up, tied in to their rope…

May 8 Team Backcarry Day

Chloe called in with the May 8 team last night! Today the team had what we call an “active rest day”. Today was a significantly shorter day than when they move camps, allowing them to get out and stretch their legs, get some of that lactic acid flowing and moved out of the body, and…