Hurry up and wait! Today, the team anticipated good weather, based on the forecast shared last night from NOAA, so they awakened early and began the process of getting their kit in order to make the tough push up the steepest section of the West Buttress route. Alas…, the forecast was incorrect, as is often…Details
Kurt Shobesberger checked in from 14,200′ (4328m) with an update in both English and German. Today was a planned rest day for the team. They have been working hard for many days and the plan for today was to let their bodies rest and to take advantage of another day of acclimatizing to 14,200′. This…Details
Logan called in this evening from Camp 1 on their descent to basecamp. They are doing great and in good spirits, enjoying the descent. They’ll plan to start down the glacier the last 5 miles to basecamp late tonight/early morning to take advantage of the coldest time of day when the glacier surface is frozen…Details
The wind in the background really tells the story for our West Rib team. Fischer called in to report that they are hanging tough at high camp, but the winds have been strong and climbing to the summit was not an option today. They are perched up at the balcony camp, high camp up at…Details
The team spent a good part of today practicing skills for the upper mountain, they also focused on hydrating and relaxing for the big move up to High Camp. Manuel called in the report today and he had a special message for his German speaking friends, but unfortunately his message was cut short just as…Details
In quite possibly the fastest trip report of the season, Lead guide Aaron Diamond jam packs a lot of information into his message. Today the team dropped back down to the cache site at 13,700′ to retrieve the equipment and supplies that they left a few days ago, then spent the afternoon practicing skills for…Details
The June 20 Denali team is resting and acclimatizing at the 14,200 ft camp today. They are watching a bit of a storm blow through and preparing to climb up with their next cache tomorrow if weather cooperates.
Here’s the evening dispatch: