June 9 Team Back in Talkeetna

The June 9 Denali West Buttress team is back in Takeetna eating some breakfast and enjoying the luxuries of civilization, like showers, beds, and a meal at a restaurant.   Congratulations to all the climbers for reaching the summit, which has been quite difficult this season particularly.   Here’s Aaron with the final expedition dispatch from…

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June 17 Team Holding at 14 Camp

Lead Guide Josh called in the trip report today. It’s clear that he made the report  just to spotlight his skills in the cook tent. The team toughed it out, starting the day by having croissants and brie with french press coffee. Then, a significant nap followed by roast beef au jus and dessert. Scrumptious!…

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June 19 Team Moves to 14 Camp

The June 19 team moved up to 14 Camp today, rising above the clouds sitting on the lower mountain into sunny, blue skies at 14 Camp. Guide Taylor called in the report today, and the plan is to rest tomorrow in 14 Camp. The team will use their rest day to enjoy the incredible beauty…

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Update from the June 17 Team

We have and update from the June 17 Team. Sorry, I can’t translate but I do know that the team was planning to rest, then move to High Camp today.

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June 21 Team Caches at 13,700′

The team woke to strong winds and snow this morning. They relaxed and had a nice breakfast, the winds calmed and the snow dissipated, and then they packed up a load of equipment and supplies and headed up. They cached their load of supplies at 13,700′ by digging a large, deep pit in the snow.…

June 19 Team Caches at 14 Camp

The June 19 Team had nice traveling conditions for their cache day. They packed up a load of equipment and supplies and ascended 3,000′ to 14 Camp, where they dug a deep hole in the snow and left their supplies.  Guide Nick reports that everyone is doing well and enjoying the beautiful vistas of the…

June 17 Team Caches at 16,400′

Guide Kakiko reports that the team had a big day today, caching at 16,400′ on the ridge above 14 Camp. It a strenuous day for climbers as they tackle the “headwall” and ascend via the fixed lines.   The team plans to rest, relax, and hydrate tomorrow in 14 Camp in preparation for moving up…