Trip Reports

A hello from Matt Barela

Matt called in this evening to report a good day of climbing up onto the Southwest ridge of peak 11,300′ (3,444m).  They are camped at the second col and report that all is going great, both climbers feel strong and willing. The above picture was taken just outside of downtown Talkeetna on the day they…

It’s cold up there

No doubts- high camp is a cold place to be, and the team members are undoubtedly wearing all of their down clothing and zippering their sleeping bags shut tight, and drinking lots of hot drinks to combat the chill.  Jacob led a rope team up to Denali pass to prepare the slope for a summit…

Backcarry

Staeheli and company took a short walk down the trail yesterday to pick up a cache of gear at 13,500′ (4111m) to prepare to carry most of that gear and food to 16,000′ (4865m).  Henry reported conditions as ‘very cold’, even in direct sunlight.  The plan for today was to take a rest day to…

Audio Beat Niederer May 3rd

Hello followers! Guten Morgen alles! We have a call from Beat Niederer in both English and German (und Deutsch) ! The gist from Team Staeheli is that they visited their cache at 13,000 and then came back to 14,000′ camp. Windy corner was reported to be windy and cold.  Have a listen! [audio:http://mountaintripdenali2011.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/audio-post-2011-05-04-03-52-15.mp3|titles=Audio Post]

Successful move to high camp

Jacob called last night on the satellite phone from high camp.  Although it was a lot colder up there and people were tired from a long day, Jacob said everyone was warm and dry, eating a hot meal in their sleeping bags.  It took the team 8 hours to move from 14,200′ to 17,200′ (4,328m-5,243m)…

At 14k!

I got a call from 2nd guide Henry Munter last night- the team moved yesterday from camp 2 to camp 3, 14,200′ (4328m) and were settling into a big meal after a long hard day.  This expedition is fortunate to have another Mountain Trip team ahead of them, this means they can save hours of…