Trip Reports

June 4 Denali Team – Dug In at 14,200′

Kevin Cook checked in from the June 4th West Buttress of Denali team.  The team is nestled into camp at 14,200′, due to a difficult storm that is preventing any upward progress for the time being.  Camp is a nice place to be when snow is falling in copious amounts!  They have plenty of food…

June 11 Denali Team Caches at 10,000′

Luiz Cavalieri called in on behalf of the June 11th West Buttress team.  Despite very tough weather that has kept other teams in camp on the upper parts of Denali, Luiz and his team were able to carry loads of supplies up above Camp 1 to a spot near the very start of the Kahiltna…

Backcarry for June 6 Team

Lead Guide Eli reports that the team made the short drop down from 14 Camp to their cache site at Windy Corner. It wasn’t particularly smooth traveling, as the team broke trail on the descent, and then due to the wind, broke trail on the ascent, as well. That is exhausting work and the team…

June 1 Team Attempts to Cache, Turns Around

Weather settled in as the team was moving a load of equipment and supplies from 14 Camp to a cache site on the ridge above camp. The Team departed 14 Camp, hiked up moderate snow slopes for roughly 1200′ before encountering “The Headwall.” Also known as “the fixed lines,” this 600′ stretch of snow and ice…

June 11 Team Moves to Camp 1

The Team moved from Base Camp to Camp 1 today, gaining about 600′ in elevation and traveling a total of five miles up the Kahiltna Glacier. It’s a rather straightforward day, but difficult in that the team is carrying the heaviest loads. Climbers manage this by using sleds to help them move the kit necessary…

Gold Star for the June 1 Team

The June 1 team and Lead Guide Seba earn a gold star for their excellent communication while on the mountain. Nathan called in another report from later in the day, after Seba called in the morning. The team enjoyed a nice, long, leisurely breakfast, then made a quick drop down to the cache site just…