Trip Reports

May 14 Team Arrives in Basecamp!

A photo from the Denali Archives of one of our teams leaving Basecamp “Stoke Master” Grant Purdue calls in from Bascamp last night after the May 14 team flew into the South East Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier from Talkeetna yesterday around 2:00p AKDT. On Saturday, in preparation the team did their team safety brief,…

May 11 Team Cached at 9,800′

The May 11 team called in last night 8:22 AKDT to report a successful cache up to 9,800′ on the glacier near Kahiltna Pass. Yesterday the team got up and chose fuel, food, gear, and other supplies that they wouldn’t need for a few days. They packed these items up, tied in to their rope…

May 8 Team Backcarry Day

Chloe called in with the May 8 team last night! Today the team had what we call an “active rest day”. Today was a significantly shorter day than when they move camps, allowing them to get out and stretch their legs, get some of that lactic acid flowing and moved out of the body, and…

May 11 Denali Expedition Moves To Camp 1

Birthday boy Craig Lenning called in today’s post from a camp with a view! Early this morning, the team packed up camp at Base Camp, tied themselves and their heavily laden sleds to their climbing ropes and took a hike downhill towards Camp 1. Nope, that wasn’t a typo…! Base Camp is located on the…

May 8 West Buttress Expedition Moves to Camp 2

Josh Gagner called in on behalf of the May 8th West Buttress expedition. Today they made the push up the Kahiltna Glacier and established themselves at 11,000 feet, the site of their Camp 2. Under bluebird skies, but in the shade of early morning (remember, it never gets dark in the Alaska Range during the…

May 11 Team at Basecamp

They May 11 team made it to Denali’s base camp yesterday afternoon! After an extra day in Talkeetna waiting for the weather to clear they got the call from Talkeetna Air Taxi to get ready to go. They loaded their massive piles of gear onto the plane again, and this time they flew right into…

May 8 Team – Weather Day at C1

The weather shut down travel on the mountain today with a foot of new snow and winds, the team spent the day in camp. These weather days are to be expected and a normal part of climbing a big mountain like Denali. The team has many extra days in their schedule to accommodate these expected…

May 11 Team – Talkeetna Hang

Lead guide Matt Park emailed the office to update us on yesterday’s adventure. “We had ourselves a genuine Alaska Range fake out today. After making our way to Talkeetna with the team, we had our briefing with the National Park rangers and immediately after were on weather hold. We disbursed into town and were quickly…

May 8 Team Caches at 9,800′

Julian calls in from Camp 1 to report that the May 8 team successfully cached at 9,800 feet yesterday. Caching is an expedition style of climbing that allows teams to lighten their loads as well as acclimatize to the altitude. The team choses food, fuel, and gear that they won’t need for a couple days…