Trip Reports

June 15th West Buttress Team Is At High Camp

Mountain Trip guide Nick Nason called in on behalf of the June 15th Denali team.  They made the big push up a stunning ridge to arrive at 17,200′ today.  The morning started with another ascent of the fixed lines, clipping in with their ascenders to gain added security on the 40-45 degree slope.  The ridge…

June 22nd Denali Team Caches At 16,400′

Mountain Trip guide Mason Stansfield called in for our June 22nd West Buttress expedition.  The team had a good day of carrying supplies high above Camp 3 this morning.  They will spend tomorrow at the 14,200′ camp as a rest and acclimatization day. The crew departed camp in the shade of Denali (it never gets…

Final dispatch from the June 11 team

Lead guide Kristin Arnold called in a final update for the June 11 team, who are back in Anchorage after their expedition up the West Buttress! They are likely enjoying being back in civilization, complete with warm showers, fresh produce, greenery and iced beverages. The team descended from 14-camp all the way to Denali base…

Rest Day for June 15 Team

Both the June 18 Team and the June 15 Team took a well-deserved rest day at 14 Camp. Rest days are an important part of the climbing schedule because they allow climbers to recover, hydrate, and relax after many days of strenuous work. They were not totally idle, however, and the guide teams set up…

June 22 Team Caches at 13,700′

It was fair weather for the team to move a load of equipment and supplies from Camp 2 to a cache site at 13,700′ today. From camp, the team ascended Motorcycle Hill, Squirrel Hill, crossed the Polo Fields, then climbing up and around Windy Corner. Thankfully, it was a calm day and the Windy Corner…

Rest Day for June 18 Team

Both the June 18 Team and the June 15 Team took a well-deserved rest day at 14 Camp. Rest days are an important part of the climbing schedule because they allow climbers to recover, hydrate, and relax after many days of strenuous work. They were not totally idle, however, and the guide teams set up…