May 6 West Buttress Team at 14-Camp!

The May 6 team is making great progress up the route after a good weather window the past couple of days! After a long push from 11,200′, the team made the move up to 14,200′–commonly known as “14-Camp.” They spent a long night after their arrival building camp: leveling tent platforms and digging out a…

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May 13 Denali West Buttress Team at 11,200′

Guide Kakiko Ramos Léon called in an update for the Mountain Trip May 13 team, who has made it up to 11,200′ Camp, also known as Camp Two, on the West Buttress. Despite challenging early-season weather, the team anticipates being able set a cache up around Windy Corner at approximately 13,500′. It sounds like everyone…

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May 13 Team Caches at 10,000′

Today the team moved a load of equipment and supplies to a cache site at 10,000′. It sounds like the everything went smoothly and the team is back at camp, enjoying a dinner prepared by guide Logan. It’s begun snowing and the team will carefully monitor the weather to determine if the conditions are appropriate…

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May 3 Denali Team Is At Camp 3

Peter and Melle called in from 14,200′ (4328m) today, providing us an update for their May 3rd Denali team.  They have been experiencing very cold temperatures and strong winds for a number of days.  Today, the weather was good enough to move up from their previous camp and around the notorious feature known as Windy…

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May 13 Team Moves to Camp 1

The team took advantage of the calm, clear weather yesterday to move from Base Camp to Camp 1 at 7800′. Mark called in the update, and he reports that the team moved well and was feeling good after the 5 mile trek up the Kahiltna glacier.  It sounds like the team is settling in to…

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Team K&E Move to Camp 1

The team is making great progress, moving up the Kahiltna glacier from Base Camp to Camp 1. It was a calm, clear day and Kevin reports the move went well. The guide team is keeping the climbers well fed (steaks!!) and it sounds like everyone is having a good time.   Here’s Kevin with today’s…

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May 13 Team Checks In from Base Camp

The team arrived at Base Camp! Lead guide Yoshiko reports that it was a smooth flight to Base Camp, and the team is enjoying a hot meal and a beautiful, calm evening. The plan is to eat, relax, then head up the Kahiltna glacier tomorrow to Camp 1 at 7800′.

 

Here’s Yoshiko:

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Cook and Bauernschmidt Private Team

Welcome to Alaska, Eric and Kevin! This will be our 46th consecutive season guiding on Denali, and we’re honored to welcome the May 13 Private West Buttress team and all of the other climbers that have trusted us to help them test their fortitude on the highest mountain in North America. At 20,310 feet (6190…