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Shirley LamWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007

Shirley Lam

3 days grounded in Talkeetna, 13 days to the summit, 1 day descent, 24 hrs at BC, 3 awesome partners, 100's of new friends. I couldn't have counted on a better trip!
Posted Jul 26, 2007 3:35 pm

bcborderWest Buttress Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2007


Awesome day to be on the summit. We came up the West Buttress, carried all our gear over Denali pass, then summited from a high camp at around 17600' on the Harper glacier. The 4 day descent down Karstens/Muldrow glacier was tough. The guides from Mountain Trip did a great job.
Posted Jul 12, 2007 3:03 pm

caudeperfect day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2007


After 16 days on the West Buttress route we (Team Ten Fingers Ten Toes) had a perfect day on the summit - no wind, no clouds, about 30-40 climbers. Check out our expedition website for photos and more.
Posted Jul 2, 2007 2:33 pm

Peak FreakWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2007

Peak Freak

28 days on the mountain! Stuck at 14,200 for 12 days due to bad weather up top. Made lots of friends in camp. Many people left before summitting. When the weather cleared, many people summitted before I was ready (I'm a slow acclimatizer). Bivvied 2 extra nights at 17,200. Summitted on day 25 on my own, following another friendly group. Beautiful weather. Stellar conditions. Soloed all the way out and made new friends. Thanks to the Spanish trio who let me follow them from 7,800 to 7,200. Tons of open crevasses!!!! Alaska is a beautiful place.
Posted Jun 22, 2007 5:36 pm

Dennis PoulinWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2007

Dennis Poulin

A great guided climb with Alpine Ascents. A beautiful summit day with clear skies and NO wind.
Posted Jun 19, 2007 11:50 am

Brian KaletWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007

Brian Kalet

Climbed with bc44caeser & photo61guy. Skied from the summit!
Posted Jun 18, 2007 1:47 pm

bc44caesarWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007


Spent 25 days on the route. Flew out of Talkeetna on the 21st. One team member developed HAPE at 11k which caused a two day detour to return him to base camp. We reached the 14k camp on the 28th and spent the next 13 days sitting around waiting for good weather. Very few teams and no guided groups summitted during this time. I skied the headwall section of the route on the 1st of June - a couple inches of powder over pretty steep blue ice - and hucked the bergschrund at the bottom of the lines. An exciting descent! Finally things cleared and two of us moved to 17k in the evening and headed for the summit the next afternoon. I reached the summit after 5-5.5hrs and skied all the way back (with a couple of short bootpacks on uphill portions) in 7hrs RT on Day 21. Our other partner tried the next day but turned around at Denali Pass. We descended all the way to Base Camp that night and then sat around waiting for clear weather for three days to fly out. Finally caught a ride on the 14th.
Posted Jun 16, 2007 10:32 am

ibndalightWest Buttress
Date Climbed: May 1, 2007


Fell into a crevasse and twisted my knee it ended my climb at 16K. Quite a bummer...
Posted May 18, 2007 2:50 pm

The edgeHP #47  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2005

The edge

Big Mac!! as we all call it;
Thanks Blue for enduring me in the tent for so long...!!

Posted Mar 14, 2007 4:20 pm

patascentStunning Alaska  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2006


Climbed the West Butress route on Denali and reached the summit on day 16 of our climb. Moved on some marginal days low on the mountain which put us high on the mountain. We summited on our 2nd day at high camp. Spent 2 days walking back to base camp and then waited another 24 hours for visibility so the pilot could fly in to get us. Great climb.
Posted Feb 11, 2007 3:34 am

Rick F What can i say  Sucess!

Rick F

Soloed Cassine do not do this ! it is not worh ypou life . ok now that the wrning is over . I havev no idea why i soled that ridge it is not easy or even fun just pain hard climbing and a dangerous aproach . Ski in then attach skis yto yourvpav ck this becomes a PITA on the route . c capmp out around 16,00 ther isa small ledge and a incdrible view . climband i mean climb o\n mixed ground that is very steep I am guess 60 degreess plus in places . . when you get up to about 18,000 stop and lokok down and ask your self why you did that and check your sanity Therest of the route is seemingly easy after your adventure on a tough mixed route

Now you area bout to meet every one else as if you are sumiting so is everyones else who isabove 16 K on the peak at least on the west side of the peak If you ant go down west buttress or if you are a real;l good skier i am not ski down it A faster way dwon i liked much better asi could get food anda bigger tent left at the 14,300 ft Enjot a good meal take phots taplk rest up wait for a good day if you haveto then ski down to "Kahtina Intenational z" ie base camp and where you startd from look up and be in awe of this astound peak promise yoursel to comeback if youhave time go take asire if possible in the park and just take itall in hear wolves and see grizzlies and eagals soar just beond words ! Rick
Posted Feb 3, 2007 8:01 pm

mountainmanmitchWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2006


Summited solo on the 4th of July, entire trip took 20 days plus 2 summit attempts. Took a nasty spill coming down from Denali Pass on the first attempt. But persistence pays off baby!!
Posted Jan 30, 2007 6:36 pm

snowflakeWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2005


12 days out with a couple of friends. The DIY aspect of this climb made it more personally fulfilling than my later climb of Cho Oyu.
Posted Jan 24, 2007 5:27 pm

thenewpassionWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2006


Enjoyed this climb, even after spending 6 days at 14,000 foot camp due to bad weather. In a party of 5 who were successful, although it get a little gritty at the end there. Mother nature came to the rescue and the high winds died down allowing us to push to the summit.
Posted Dec 10, 2006 6:49 am

phydeuxDid it in 1996 via West Butress  Sucess!


Weather was deteriorating as we walked off the summit, but got some great views from the summit.
Posted Oct 7, 2006 4:41 pm

smittyuphighWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2006
Summited with a private RMI group led by John Race. Had my 18th birthday while stormed in at 14,000.
Posted Sep 29, 2006 5:23 am

LubosWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2000


It took me 12 days to get to the summit because of two days of acclimatization at 15,000 feet and two days waiting at 17,000 for a better summit weather day. I have reached the summit on May 25, 2000. Solo climb.
Posted Aug 17, 2006 9:24 pm

seth@LOKIYeah!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2005


Awesome, A different planet. Our Igloo at 14,200 feet made all the difference. no flapping tent! Summit was an amazing view...
Posted Jul 27, 2006 6:59 am

GMatthewsLast summit group of 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2006


All 13 people in Dave Hahn's RMI group summited. The guides where great and the weather was really good.
Posted Jul 20, 2006 7:41 pm

GuiltyWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2006


We had a window, and three out three made the summit on Saturday the 24th. Thank-you to all the other climbers for giving away there extra food/fuel to make our lives more comfortable. We where able to wash our hair and clean-up at 14,000ft.
On the way down we did get caught at Windy Corner in very extreme white-out conditions. I guest the mountain just wanted to know how lucky we are to be alive.
Posted Jul 3, 2006 10:49 pm

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