May 11 Team Backcarries To Camp 2

Mountain Trip guide Nicole Lawton called in from Camp 2 on Denali’s West Buttress route.  She has reunited with the team, after making a quick lap to Base Camp yesterday, helping a climber catch a flight out of the Alaska Range.  The team did a “backcarry” today, meaning they dropped down to the site of…

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May 15 Denali Team Moves To Camp 1

Paul Kreiner called in from 7,800′ (2377 m) on the Kahiltna Glacier, the site of the team’s fist camp on their way up the West Buttress route of Denali.  The team departed Base Camp in foggy conditions and traveled about five miles (8 km) up the vast glacier.  This was a tough hike, as they…

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West Rib Team Cached at 13,500′

Seba Grau called from the basin camp at 11,200′ this evening.  The team carried loads up another 2300′ and cached their supplies on the uphill side of a feature known as Windy Corner.  This is a steep ridge of rock that drops down to the glacier and can channel wind around in a fashion that…

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