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Vitaliy M.West Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2011

Vitaliy M.

What a zoo. Buttress has too many people on it that do not belong. Our group went unguided and got the summit on 11th day from arrival. Spent a bit too much time at 17K camp waiting out a storm. Got our window and went up to the summit in about 4 hours from camp. Next time coming here for Cassin!!!
Beautiful mountain, a lot of other things to do around and on it in the future. Cassin ridge is waiting...
Posted Jun 11, 2011 11:57 pm

MarmadukeRe: West Buttress


Congrats!! Hope to read a trip report from ya'.
Posted Jun 12, 2011 3:40 pm

michellenWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2011


Climbed the West Butt May 9-29 with Mountain Trip. Hard work, but just beautiful!
Posted Jun 7, 2011 7:08 pm

Jesus MalverdeWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2011

Jesus Malverde

One BIG Rat Feeder. 17 hours 38 minutes round trip from 17 Camp. Waiting lines coming down the summit ridge and above Denali Pass. Outstanding trip except for a "non-textbook" crevasse fall 1.5 hours from KIA. Glacier conditions were mine-field crazy with our group having 5+ punch throughs and my two way "ride" in the course of an hour. Pinned down by pack for 30 minutes 5+ feet under: Many thanks Zach, Ben and Caitlin for getting me out! 14th US state highpoint.
In Memoriam: Suzanne Allen, Peter Bullard.
Posted Jun 5, 2011 5:51 pm

radsonWest Butt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2011


A summit that is hard to enjoy with the deaths of Suzanne and Peter the following day from AAI. RIP Guys.
Posted Jun 2, 2011 3:30 am

mp5of8Long time ago  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 1981


unguided, west butt, 2 out 3 summited (3rd got it the next year), skied up to 12K, sledded down
Posted Apr 14, 2011 11:56 am

Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2010


high Camp, no summit :( Amazing place, great crew. Can't wait to go back.
Posted Mar 21, 2011 6:57 pm

Bezoar GoatTraverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2007

Bezoar Goat

Traversed from the Kahiltna to Wonder Lake. I still owe SP a writeup...
Posted Mar 1, 2011 4:05 pm

climbingfurryNorth America's Greatest mtn  Sucess!


Summited Denali in 2003 while I was living in Fairbanks. What a mountain!
Posted Jan 24, 2011 10:39 am

jvarholakWB  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 16, 2009


A year after a trip to the Eldridge Glacier to get a taste of the Great Range....Fun times.... F'n sleds:) ..... Can't wait to get back to the AK Range for some other outstanding objectives.... Perhaps back to Denali for a different route... So f'n cool I can't stand it.
Posted Jan 3, 2011 8:19 pm

renogurtWest Butt 09  Sucess!


Climbed the West Butt with my roommate, expedition style, 17 days total. Eight of those days was at 11K camp, in terrible conditions. Being patient paid off, we summit on a BLUEBIRD day!
Posted Dec 31, 2010 9:08 am

redradjelWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 1996


Climbed with five other Mountain Leaders from the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center. Awesome!
Posted Dec 28, 2010 2:16 am

ExcitableBoyWest Buttrash  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2005


Acclimatized on West Buttrash. Weather turned and could not climb primary objective.
Posted Dec 27, 2010 11:14 am

letskeepmovinWest Buttress
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2009


Got stuck at High Camp for 7 days. Third in our party waited (patiently) at Medical Camp. Weather never let up but did meet Aron Ralston at MC. Had a lot of fun. Cached 'Freedom of the Hills' along with several other unneeded artifacts far below.
Posted Dec 21, 2010 7:55 pm

TomekKDenali Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2010


I did Denali traverse with my buddy. Ascent by West Buttress and descent by Muldrow Glacier. We were the only team sucessfuly crossing Muldrow this season. Ascent in 10days was in beutiful weather and pretty straighforward. Decent was by far my most dangerous adventure including falling in numerous cervasses (one really deep, getting out in whiteout took me 2 hours), almost loosing a ten, findig way out in glacier maze, crossing rivers, milions mosquitos and constant stress. I recommend this route for any mountaineer with sense of adventure and tired of tipical "normal route" crowd. life-changing experience
Posted Nov 4, 2010 6:37 pm



Seemed to be cruising the mountain when my partner got sick on what would have been our summit day. I would have liked to stay and finish the job but it didn't work out that way. 17 days on the mountain and already looking forward to next year. I don't normally sign the climber's log for an unsuccessful trip but I feel this one was worth noting. Saw Tim Medvets at 11k haha.
Posted Aug 16, 2010 4:15 pm

JanVanGenkWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2010


My first time & climb in Alaska. May on Denali is pretty cold! High winds at the summit. Somehow managed to stay on the top 1 hour 25 minutes.
Posted Jul 8, 2010 3:04 pm

cosminCassin Ridge solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2010


Soloed the "Cassin" route and summited on 24 June 2010 at 11pm. Strong winds on summit. Ascent followed 7 days of heavy snowfall at around 3000m and storms above.
Posted Jul 7, 2010 9:13 pm

gatoSplitter summit!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2010


Guided a strong group up the Buttress in perfect weather and fine style, 15 days Talkeetna to Talkeetna. Nice work team!
Posted Jun 30, 2010 1:53 am

Jeroen VelsWest Butt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2010

Jeroen Vels

Good weather but strong winds on the summit ridge. Good views too :-)
Posted Jun 15, 2010 5:46 pm

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