Trip Reports

West Rib Team – ON TOP!

Dave Helland, Fischer Hazen and Matt Park are standing on the summit of Denali!  They’ve been working hard for weeks, climbing up and down a couple routes in order to reach the top of North America. They awoke early this morning, brewed up and sorted their gear as they gazed upwards, wondering if the day…

West Rib Team – Poised For A Summit Attempt!

Dave Helland rang in from 17,200′ on Denali today.  In his words, “After getting beaten off the West Rib” they dropped down to 14,200′ on the West Buttress for the night.  Today, in windy conditions, they pushed up to High Camp on the West Buttress.  The weather seems to be trending better, so they are…

West Rib Team Switches Gears

After days of continuous wind and facing the end of the eight days of food they carried up onto the West Rib, the team has decided to drop down to resupply from a cache they left at 14,200′ on the West Buttress.  They really needed less windy conditions to fire the last part of the…

20 June Vets Team – Holding Tight At 14,200′

Hurry up and wait!  Today, the team anticipated good weather, based on the forecast shared last night from NOAA, so they awakened early and began the process of getting their kit in order to make the tough push up the steepest section of the West Buttress route.  Alas…, the forecast was incorrect, as is often…

June 22 Denali Team – Rest Day at Camp 3

Kurt Shobesberger checked in from 14,200′ (4328m) with an update in both English and German.  Today was a planned rest day for the team.  They have been working hard for many days and the plan for today was to let their bodies rest and to take advantage of another day of acclimatizing to 14,200′.  This…