Trip Reports

Carried Up to 10,500′ Today

Michael just called to report that after taking a weather day yesterday, due to very high winds, the team had a great day today.  They made a carry up and around the most northeasterly corner of the Kahiltna Glacier and made a cache at 10,500′, just shy of their next camp.  They are about to…

Summit Attempt and Scary Situation

Hello Everyone, I apologize for the delay in posting, but the NPS requested that we keep mum until we all had more information about a situation that unfolded during yesterday’s summit attempt.  At this time, we are not permitted to share any names, so I deeply apologize in advance for the anxiety I am certain…

At the Base of the Route!

Jared just called to report that the NWB team is at the base of the route and looking forward to moving up it tomorrow. His call was very short and sweet (hey- he’s a nice guy!), most likely because they are nestled deep in the Peters Basin, with lots of steep rock and ice between…

Almost reunited

Jared waited in camp today to allow Sean to catch up with the group after he took Charles Miske to basecamp to meet a plane; Sean had the help of a private group to help escort Charles to basecamp and travel with him back to Kahiltna Pass.  It is never a good idea to travel…

Holding at camp 1

Lead guide Mike Burmeister called after eating a hot meal yesterday evening, saying that high winds kept them tucked away in camp 1 instead of carrying a load up the Kahiltna glacier as planned.  High enough winds to keep an expedition in camp are rare at the lower elevations on Denali but it is what…

West Rib Expedition

Welcome to the expedition dispatch blog for our 2011 Denali West Rib expedition. Denali, or Mount McKinley, is a challenge by any standard and the vast majority of its climbers are more than happy to attempt the West Buttress route, by far the most possible and accessible of all the routes to its summit.  Other…

The May 12th West Buttress Expedition

Welcome to our May 12th West Buttress expedition! A group of climbers from around the world will gather in Anchorage Alaska tomorrow to finalize their preparations to attempt the West Buttress route of Denali.  Also known as Mount McKinley, Denali is one of the famed Seven Summits and has the highest vertical relief of any…

At 7,200′, Camp 1

Update: Mike Burmeister called from camp 1 at 7,200′ (2218m).  They moved to camp 1 battling a 20mph headwind, but reported that all is well, and that the ravioli dinner really hit the spot.  Tomorrow they plan to carry a load of gear ahead of camp, so hope for good weather…

In basecamp

This expedition flew into basecamp yesterday evening, and are most likely moving to camp 1 at 7,200′.  Most expeditions do what is called single-carrying at the lower elevations on Denali; this is when a team will carry all their gear and food at once in a single massive effort to move camp and supplies.  Up…