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splattskiNo summit
Date Climbed: May 18, 2009


We had a fantastic trip on the West Buttress, but no summit.
Trip report
Posted Aug 14, 2009 8:36 am

LCGreat summit day, horrid descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2009


We had bad weather initially until our 3rd day. Then from camp 1 to high camp, nothing but relatively great weather. Couple of cold windy days in high camp, but on summit day, the winds died down. Denali Pass all the way to the summit was extremely hot. Climbed mostly with base layer top and soft shell pants. Our descent was horrendous though as the snow had the consistency of oatmeal and the later half of the day. Lots of open crevasses.
Posted Jul 9, 2009 8:58 pm

Paul BurkholderWac(ko) Success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2009

Paul Burkholder

All 3 members of Team Wac(ko) reached the summit via the West Buttress on Friday the 19th. We hit the weather windows just right, taking only 1 unplanned rest/weather day. Much thanks to my team members Al and Dan (who just happens to be my son)!
Posted Jun 28, 2009 1:56 pm

emilieUpper West Rib
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2009


First time on Denali. Got up to 16,300 on the Upper West Rib and put in an awesome perch at the bergschrund. Were supposed to take a rest day and then go for the summit, but I never got any higher. Developed a torn tendon or muscle under my ribs caused pain when breathing deeply. We waited it out 4 days but we descended when we realized it just wasn't going to get better. Major bummer is an understatement. I'll be back...
Posted Jun 27, 2009 12:53 pm

MichaelJRib Cut-off from 14k  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2009


Climbed two long ice routes (NF of West Kahiltna Peak and the West Butt Prow) with Brent before going up the Rib Cut-off from 14k to the summit on day nine as a training climb (19 hours RT). Unfortunately, the next day we assisted the NPS rangers with the body recovery of two fallen climbers. Deteriorating conditions (and perhaps lack of heart) meant that we never got a chance to do what we came to do. Maybe some other time.
Posted Jun 22, 2009 3:49 am

travelin_lightWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2009


Other plans fell apart so I changed my objective around to the West Buttress. I ended up taking 12 days total KIA to KIA.
Posted Jun 20, 2009 5:18 pm

Cheeseburglaronly team member to puke?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2009


Was I the only member of Kiefer and Haliku's group who threw up on the mountain? (Talkeetna doesn't count) I still can't believe how fast Rush got me the throw up bag. He definately saved the tent.
Great day on the summit, no wind, pretty warm!
Posted Jun 8, 2009 7:13 pm

astrobassmanWest Buttress
Date Climbed: May 25, 2009


Part of the excellent group from Colorado with Kiefer, Haliku, etc. Got sick at 14k camp, and tried to go higher, but realized it wasn't meant to be. After that my mind/body weren't in it, and I went down with some Mexicans and got drunk at base camp. Still a great trip with great partners...will have to come back.
Posted Jun 5, 2009 5:31 pm

KieferWest Butress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2009


Part of the expedition with Haliku and Co.
Absolutely beautiful weather! Could NOT have asked for better conditions.
Great mountain.
Posted Jun 4, 2009 5:19 pm

HalikuWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2009


Team Summit Bound (Kiefer, media dude, astrobassman, cheeseburgler, rush and myself) put four of the six members on the summit late that day. What views! The summit ridge was windless and beautiful.
Posted Jun 2, 2009 9:33 pm

bfrenchDenali  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2001


Chris and I both had our 21st birthdays at 14k. Summited from 14k in 13 hours round trip. Perfect weather.
Posted Apr 28, 2009 12:31 am

PablohoneyWest Butt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2008


No no no,
Jaegermeister is fantastic, it dulls the pain.

Posted Mar 26, 2009 11:25 pm

punchlineWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2007


One of 77 that day
Posted Mar 11, 2009 8:28 am

kovarpaTourist route
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2006


Good weather in teh beginning and then Vendula and I got stuck at the high camp (17,400) for three horrible days in high winds and some pretty cold temps. At the first "lull" in the weather we hightailed down to 14k, waited another day and then off. The window didn't open until after another week or so so I don't feel too bad about abandoning the attempt. There is always a next time.
Posted Jan 5, 2009 3:12 pm

TRPWest Buttress  Sucess!


11 summits in 12 attempts. I really love this mountain.
Posted Dec 7, 2008 1:27 pm

crnhlioWest Butt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2007


Great time, can't wait to come back.
Posted Sep 2, 2008 10:33 am

kevin trieuGood weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2007

kevin trieu

Had gorgeous weather on moving days and crappy weather on rest days. It worked out. 13 days up, 1 day down.
Posted Aug 25, 2008 8:45 pm

jef80West Butt
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2008


Reached Denali Pass before I ran out of steam. I'll need to train harder for the next attempt. Weather was pretty bad anyways. Good overall weather and great friends made it a fun trip though.
Posted Aug 12, 2008 8:32 pm

photo61guyTo Denali Pass
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2007
Spent 13 days at 14K camp, although there were a couple of hauls to 17K camp. On June 9th climbing partners Kalet and bc44caesar left for high camp, but I had no energy. I went up to 17K camp the next day as parners summitted. I tried on the 11th only to be caught in the thickening clouds and turned around at Denali Pass....as the 14th of June return airline ticket reared its head. Ironic that the next day....June 12th was the highest number of summits of the year at 77. I was there for photography though and this truely worth it!!
Posted Jul 28, 2008 12:48 pm

Sierra Ledge RatTwo attempts

Sierra Ledge Rat

1979: West Rib attempt with the Korean expedition
1983: Reality Ridge attempt with Bill Crouse
Posted Jul 18, 2008 12:57 am

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