Trip Reports

June 20 Paul at High Camp

Paul called in after moving up to 17,200 ft high camp today. He reported that Matt is on his way down with guide Derek and a couple of other climbers. Matt was going strong and doing great on the uphill, but the downhill was proving to be a challenge and after a talk with the…

June 22nd Team – Moved to High Camp!

Jeff Kane called in from 17,200′!  The team moved up to High Camp today.  They could not get a dispatch out yesterday, but Jeff sends out belated Fourth of July salutations from the crew. Yesterday, the team climbed up the steepest part of the route, which began with a 1400′ climb up moderate snow slopes…

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…