Mountain Trip guide Dave Ahrens and climber Sole Marritimi called in from camp at 14,000′ after successfully summitting the North Face Standard Route to the Batian Summit. At 17,057′, the summit of Batian is the second highest point on the African continent. The route features between 15 and 23 pitches, depending on climber choice, all…Details
Mountain Trip guide Dave Ahrens relayed a message from his deLorme GPS device this morning that they had successfully reached the summit of Batian on Mount Kenya and are now heading down the route using a series of rappels. The precipitous peak of Batain stands at 16,355′, is the highest of Mount Kenya’s summits, and…Details
Mountain Trip guide Dave Ahrens called in from just over 14,000′ on Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa. Dave reported that they had a great day yesterday, that began with a 5 a.m. alpine start towards Point Lenana at 16,335′ (pictured below). While Point Lenana is more of a trek than a technical…Details
Dave Ahrens called in from 14,000′ on Mount Kenya. He and Sole climbed Point Peter to over 15,000′ today, via a route that was a mix of 3rd-4th class climbing, plus some more technical pitches. The team is doing great and Dave and Sole plan to launch up the 22 pitches of technical rock to…Details
On September 10, our small but strong Mount Kenya team arrived in Africa, ready to head to the mountains. The team, consisting of climber Sole Marritimi and guide Dave Ahrens, will make their way from Nairobi Naromoru to the Mount Kenya National Park Gate (8,694′) and begin their trek into the base of the mountain via…Details
Dave and Sole are off to Mount Kenya! They began their trek into the mountain today after a couple of days of traveling to Nairobi, Kenya and a drive to the trailhead they were excited to be underway and try to shake off the jet lag with a bit of a hike. They’ve been seeing…Details
CONGRATULATIONS to the entire June 26th team!
They worked very hard to reach the top of North America today. Listen as each climbers gives a shout out from what many consider the hardest of the Seven Summits!
The Mountain Trip lead guide Jacob Schmitz called in with an update on the June 26 Denali West Buttress Expedition, who yesterday took their second rest day at High Camp. The team has enjoyed the expansive views from 17,200′ over the Alaska Range, catching their breath and preparing mentally and physically for the long, strenuous…
Hey all! We are just now getting settled back in Anchorage after a rewarding West Buttress climb with Jaahnavi. She is both an incredibly talented young climber and young lady. Her technical abilities, winter camping and travel skills and general climbing knowledge increased tenfold over the course of the expedition. Denali is an incredibly tough…
The team made the move to high camp at over 17,000 ft today! The climbing from Camp 2(14,200ft) to High Camp (17,200 ft) is some of the more technical and fun sections of the entire West Buttress route. They climbed right out of camp up to the base of a steep headwall that gains a…