Trip Reports

May 8: attempt to move to high camp

Word was passed through the Mountain Trip grapevine on the West Buttress: the May 8 team attempted to move to high camp today but ultimately made the decision to return to 14 camp. They are settling back into camp and all is well. Any time a team moves up to a higher elevation is a…

UAE #1: weather hold at camp 1

The team decided not to press their luck by pushing into snow and windy conditions, instead they took advantage of some bad weather to work on mountaineering skills and prepare the team for the rigors ahead. The plan is the same as always: poke their heads out of the tent, and go ahead up the…

May 12: backcarry at 14k

Word came through the Mountain Trip grapevine: the May 12 group traveled a short distance down the glacier to pick up their gear at 14 camp.  Weather has been hitting the entire mountain today, but at least at 14 camp the afternoon turned relatively balmy and the team took advantage of the day to acclimatize…

West Rib team at Camp 1

Lead guide Con Severis reported a 4-hour move from basecamp to camp 1 today.  The weather was not quite cooperating but the team persevered in excellent time despite heavy loads, a stiff headwind and blowing snow.  If the weather cooperates they will move up the Northeast Fork of the Kahiltna glacier tomorrow to cache food…

West Rib team at basecamp!

The West Rib team made it onto the Kahiltna Glacier today, and plan to spend the night and move to camp 1 tomorrow.  All other Mountain Trip groups on the mountain report the Kahiltna Glacier is in excellent condition so far this year, so let’s wish the team a great first day and smooth travels…