Trip Reports

Going for the Summit!

We got a call early in the morning from the team at Camp 4, who has made the decision to attempt the summit today!   We will post an update as soon as we get one. Choosing an appropriate time to make an attempt is a complex process. We use information from the most current…

Call From 14,200′

Eric Gullickson called in to report that the team had a great day carrying loads up to the ridge at roughly 16,400′.  They moved well and are hoping for good weather to move up to high camp on the 18th. Here’s Eric! [audio:http://mountaintripdenali2011.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/audio-post-2011-05-18-04-46-12.mp3|titles=Audio Post]

Call from Hafidz?

We got a somewhat garbled call from what must be either Hafidz or Syafirul.  The team reported to have “conquered the control tower”, which is a small peak very near base camp on the Kahiltna Glacier, where all Denali climbers begin their journey. Have a listen! [audio:http://mountaintripdenali2011.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/audio-post-2011-05-18-03-35-17.mp3|titles=Audio Post]

Call from Camp 3!

Greg Mellon began the call early this morning, about 5:45 a.m. Colorado time. They had made it to Camp 3, and were enjoying a special dinner and some LaBatts beer from Canada! Listen to the latest![audio:http://mountaintrip.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/91eef8c9d11b6d9e41b3d7bee02763f789861c6e1.mp3]

At 14,200′ Camp!

The team moved up and around Windy Corner today, establishing themselves in the broad basin of the 14,200′ camp.  This is an important step in a West Buttress expedition, as climbers are at an elevation where they can spend a number of days acclimatizing and preparing themselves for the upper mountain. They had a big…