On the Glacier!

Hello Followers! The team has flown onto the Kahiltna glacier and is heading down the valley! We have heard that the weather is “splitter” blue skies, which should give them a solid few days to move out of base camp to camp one. The National Park Service is in the process of setting up their…

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Our April 24th West Buttress Team

Welcome to the dispatch page for Mountain Trip’s April 24th West Buttress Expedition. Conventional wisdom holds that the “Denali climbing season” begins on May 1st.  We’re not certain how Denali reads the calender, but we have been happy to offer late April expeditions for the past six years and have enjoyed the more wild feel…

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Our April 17th West Buttress Team

One of the famed Seven Summits, Denali is a challenging mountain, due to its combination of high elevation and arctic environment.  Each year, about 1300 climbers attempt to climb to its summit and roughly half succeed.  The most attempted route on the mountain is the West Buttress, first climbed by Bradford Washburn and company in…

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Camp 1 Pumori

We’re posting from 18,600′ while on an acclimatization hike we’re taking to Camp 1 on neighboring Pumori (7145m) today. It’s a bit cloudy and windy, so we aren’t getting the great views of Everest, but it feels good to get the legs and lungs working. We’ll hang out up here for a half hour or…

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Playing on the ice

Base Camp, April 16 -Bill Allen We woke to the usual beautiful blue skies this morning here at base camp. After another delicious breakfast, we went into the ice a few hundred feet from camp to practice some ice climbing and rappelling in anticipation of heading up through the icefall in just a couple of…

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Everest Base Camp

April 15, 2011 4:15 pm -Chris Davenport Hello everyone and welcome to another dispatch from Everest Base Camp. We arrived here two days ago to the delight of all the team members. The novelty of the trek and teahouses had pretty much worn off and we were all ready to move into the comforts of…

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Phone Call From Chris Davenport at Everest Base Camp

Chris called the following podcast in from Everest Base Camp this morning.  It sounds like everything is going great with the team.

Here’s Chris:

[audio:http://mteverest2011.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/davenport-ebc-arrival.mp3]
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A Few Photos from Neal

Ama Dablam as we are leaving Dingboche

Tawoche on the way to Lobuche

Shepherds hut with standard Himalayan scenery

Cholatse

Photo’s from Neal Beidleman

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One step closer to base camp

April 12th- We hiked up to Gorak Shep today, the site of the last lodges before reaching base camp. It isn’t really a village, but more a small collection of six or eight lodges built for trekkers. We are only a couple of hours hike from BC now, so we’re anxious to get there tomorrow.…