Trip Reports

May 11 Team Backcarries to 10,200′

The May 11 team did not call in last night, but they successfully retrieved their supplies yesterday from their cache site at 10,200′ (3108m) and are now fully supplied at Camp 2 (11,200′ 3413m). Yesterday is what we call an “active rest day”. It typically doesn’t take long for the team to retrieve their cache…

May 14 Team Arrives at Camp 2

Florian updates us from Camp 2, at 11,200′ (3413m). The team successfully moved from Camp 1 to Camp 2 yesterday. They started their morning ascending 1,200′ (365m) up Ski Hill onto the rolling hills of the glacier above Ski Hill, below Kahiltna Pass. Their route takes them past their cache site and jogs to the…

May 8 Team Arrives at Camp 3

Spectacular view from the fixed lines, looking down onto Camp 3 and Mountain Foraker   The May 8 team crushed their way up to Camp 3 at 14,200′ (4328m) yesterday, making great time in good weather. Getting to Camp 3 is an exciting part of the expedition. Now the team is set up to plan…

May 11 Team Arrives at Camp 2

Jordan calls in to let us know that the May 11 team has successfully moved up to Camp 2 (11,200′ 3413m). After making breakfast, coffee, and melting snow for water this morning, the team broke down camp and packed everything up in backpacks and sleds. Once that big task is done the team lays out…

May 14 Team Caches at 10,200′

The team had a successfully cache at 10,200′ today near Kahiltna Pass. This is the team’s first cache of many on the trip. Caching is part of the expedition style of climbing that allows climbers to “climb high and sleep low”, making it easier for the body to acclimate to the new altitudes as they…

May 8 Team Cached at Windy Corner

A team from last year rounding Windy Corner to the cache site. The West Buttress rises to the right in the photo. James called in to report a successful cache at Windy Corner yesterday. The team enjoyed beautiful weather, wearing sun hoodies up to the cache at 13,500′. At this point, the team will leave…

May 11 Team Weather Day at Camp 1

The May 11 team dug in at Camp 1 through some wind and low visibility yesterday. Rest day/weather days are a great time to refine your cribbage skills, catch up on some reading, take a nap, or worry about eating all the snacks you brought for the whole trip.. Depending on where you are on…

May 8 Team Weather Day at Camp 2

A snowman from the Denali archives! Dave called in to update us from Camp 2 at 11,000′. The team enjoyed a weather slash rest day, and took the time to practice their “snow craft” using snow saws and their shovels. During foul weather, the wind can really pick up and it is important to protect…