Base camp and flying to Talkeetna

The team made it to base camp early this morning and lined up to hop on a flight to Talkeetna.  They’ll get something to eat and then head back to Anchorage this evening for a shower and a warm bed.

Congratulations on a great effort Suzanne! and welcome back.

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Windy Day up high

It was still blowing almost 30 mph in high camp this morning and the team never really got a chance to go for the summit with reasonable conditions. If it’s blowing 30 mph in camp, it’s likely quite a bit higher up at Denali Pass, and on to the summit. With the cold temps and…

June 3rd team moved to High Camp

The team moved to high camp today!  After a long stretch of tough weather things have changed and everyone is moving on the mountain again.  They had a beautiful day climbing up the headwall to the ridge, and then ascending the beautiful airy ridge leading from 16,200 ft to high camp at 17,200 ft.  They…

Moving up the mountain

Here’s the evening call from the Warfighter team at 11,000 ft.  They are moving right along and all is going well.   It was a beautiful day on the mountain, and it was actually hot up there this afternoon.


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Rest Day at High Camp

The team took a day to rest and recover at high camp today after a big day of climbing yesterday.   They are thrilled to see the improved weather, their patience is paying off with some blue skies and light winds in the forecast for the next couple of days.   They hope to go for the…

Team Duncan Working Hard

The team has enjoyed some beautiful weather so far on their time on the mountain.  They’ve been getting up early in the morning and trying to beat the heat of the afternoon on the lower mountain so far.   Today they carried a load of food, fuel, and gear up to about 10,000 ft, dug a…

Sunshine and moving on up!

The climbers are finally being rewarded for their patience over the last week of stormy weather with a beautiful sunny day.   They took advantage and moved on up to high camp today after 11 days at 14,000 ft.   It’s hard to explain how difficult it can be to stay motivated to climb during a long…

Moving on up to 9,600ft

Drew called in this evening from their new camp at 9,600ft.  The team is doing great, having made two previous camps to this point.  The plan for tomorrow is to move camp up into the beautiful basin camp at 11,200′.

Here’s Drew!


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Sunny Skies and Climbing

The weather has cleared and the climbers headed up the mountain today.   The team took advantage of the sunny day to carry a load of food and fuel up to about 16,400ft on the ridge leading to high camp.   They cached this load and descended back down to camp to spend one more night before…

Heading down

The weather cleared today after the extended stormy period.  The climbers started for high camp this morning, but Suzanne developed a cough and unfortunately needed to turn around.   They descended back to 14,000ft camp to reassess and decided Suzanne needed to head on down.  It’s certainly a frustrating outcome after sticking it out for over…