The May 3rd team went back down to where they’d cached their extra food, fuel, and equipment and brought it all back up to Camp 2 (11,000 ft) today. It was a pretty stormy day Jacob (lead guide with 20 Denali Expeditions) said it was one of the top 2 stormy windy days he’s had…Details
Fred de Jong called in on behalf of our May 3rd team. After a day of heavy snow yesterday, the team awoke to beautiful weather today and took advantage of clear skies to move their camp up to 11,200′ (3414m). They are now camped in a beautiful basin with views of the West Buttress looming…Details
After a little delay, the team has made it into basecamp! The trip starts with a 45 minute flight in a ski plane into the middle of the Alaska Range, so as you might imagine, the weather can sometimes be a problem. Their patience paid off and they are settled in to basecamp tonight on…Details
Guide Mason Stansfield called in an update for the May 3 Denali Expedition from the upper Kahiltna. The team spent yesterday caching at Kahiltna Pass, at around 10,500′. Since the team is climbing in expedition-style, they will spend many days “caching”–burying gear, food and supplies that they wont need until later on in the trip–and…Details
Mountain Trip lead guide Brian Kramp called in an update for the May 6 team, who have been waiting to fly in to the Range in Talkeetna, due to persistent rainy weather. They’re unfortunately the first team of the season to experience the infamous “Talkeetna Hang,” where climbing parties are forced to wait in the…Details
Welcome to Alaska, May 6 team! This will be our 46th consecutive season guiding on Denali, and we’re honored to welcome the May 6 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 m), Denali rises…Details
Climber Robert de Jong called in an update for the May 3 Denali Team from Camp One on the Kahiltna Glacier. They spent yesterday ascending Ski Hill, directly above camp, to set a cache near Kahiltna Pass, at approximately 10,500′ (2875m) to prepare for the move to Camp Two at 11,200′. Sporadic snow and clear…Details
The climbers loaded up all of their gear, clothing, food and fuel for the next 20+ days into their packs and sleds this morning for the move up to Camp 1. These will be the biggest loads they’ll carry for the entire trip, above here they’ll be “double carrying” as well as eating through their…Details
Jacob made the evening audio dispatch from the Kahiltna Glacier. They were able to fly right into basecamp this afternoon, and are enjoying a beautiful evening on the glacier as they prepare to head up to Camp 1 in the morning.
Here’s Jacob checking in!
Here we go! The team drove from Anchorage to the small town of Talkeetna, Alaska this morning, where they completed some National Park Service requirements, loaded their gear onto ski-equipped, fixed wing airplanes and took off for the Alaska Range, destination – Denali Base Camp! Everyone was excited to get on the move and with…