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GrennAlaska dream  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2012
23 days on the mountain with successful summit. Awesome.
Posted Dec 31, 2015 8:00 pm

spadflyer12West Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2015
Summitted 7 days after landing on the glacier. Pushed the summit from 14 camp with ski equipment. Ditched the snowboard and skis at 18,600', just above Denali pass. Summit and back from 14 camp mostly unroped. Roped up for the Autobahn on the descent. 19hrs camp to camp.
Posted Oct 7, 2015 2:07 pm

spadflyer12Lower West Rib
Date Climbed: May 22, 2014
Double carried the lower west rib. Descended the West Rib cutoff to 14 camp on the buttress and ended up getting stuck there for a week before we had to head back down.
Posted Oct 7, 2015 2:05 pm

Puma concolorState Highpoint #50  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2015

Puma concolor

Summited via the West Buttress Route with American Alpine Institute Team 6 at 8 PM on June 21, 2015. 17 total days on the mountain were dominated by an epic two-week high pressure system that brought us one perfect day after another after enduring some early heavy snow. Fun group including myself, five Aussies and one chap from the UK in addition to three American guides. Trip of a lifetime. State Highpoint #50!!!
Posted Jul 2, 2015 6:36 pm

McCannstervia West Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2015


Spent 18 days on the mountain total. We were bogged down at KIA for about 6 days due to weather and other issues, got established at 11 camp, bogged down for 4 more weather days, and then finally got established at 14. After a couple aclimazation days, bagged the summit in about 10 hours round trip from 14 camp. If you have the stamina, way more efficient to summit from 14 rather than shlepping up to 17 and trying to camp. Wonderful trip. State highpoint #30.
Posted Jun 19, 2015 1:14 am

rdesotaWest buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2006


Third try a success! I love this place. It giveth and taketh away.
Posted Mar 26, 2015 12:26 am

JordanHWest Buttress attempt
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2014


Snowed everyday, but had a blast. Next year I hope to make it all the way!
Posted Oct 30, 2014 10:37 pm

JmoeesqSo Close!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2010


Spent 21 days total on the Mountain, ascending for 15, getting stuck at high camp (17,200) for 5 days, waiting for a weather window, only to be forced to retreat due to timing/travel issues for everyone. Made the death march (retreat) in 24 straight hours just to get back to civilization only to get grounded at base camp due to more bad weather! Good thing we had cached "beverages" there! It was a great and horrible trip all in one. This Mountain changed my life. Would I make a second attempt some day? - Perhaps!
Posted Sep 29, 2014 10:40 am

badmajickWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2013


The weather and crowds timed out perfectly. Storms were on rest days and Windy Corner was balmy. Up in 12, down in 15!
Posted Jul 22, 2014 3:02 pm

vanman798West Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2014


Took 13 days to reach the summit. June 7, 2013 via the West Buttress Route. Great experience.
Posted Jul 3, 2014 7:58 pm

project360Mountain Storm
Date Climbed: May 3, 2011


Spent a week at high camp before decending due to career pressures. Will never do that again!
Posted Oct 25, 2013 4:55 pm

iemmiA week to summit, another week to descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013


It took us a week to summit, however, got stuck on high camp on the descent and it took another week before we could fly out from the glacier.
Posted Jul 27, 2013 7:33 pm

mkmillerDenali summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2003


21 days on the mountain
Posted Jul 10, 2013 4:22 pm

Steve GruhnGeriatric ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2013
I accompanied Tom Choate to the summit via the West Buttress. At 78 Tom became the oldest person ever to reach the summit.
Posted Jul 9, 2013 4:27 pm

TeeLee100th anniversary summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2013


On my fifth venture up Denali since 2006, me and fellow SP member Andy Howell summitted on the exact 100th anniversary of Harper's first steps atop this mutha. It also meant, for me, the completion of all 50 U.S. state highpoints, a quest my wife (who climbed 49 of them) and I started in 1996 in Texas. Elated to achieve this and to do so on the 100th anniversary really adds some zing to it.
Posted Jun 27, 2013 3:02 pm

sbkelleyWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2013


Successful trip and an adventure for the ages for our unguided group of six - 5 from CO, and 1 from AZ! 16 days from Kahiltna Base to the summit and back. Spent 4 nights at 17k camp, but patience paid off. 12 hour summit day, and temps on top were around -10 with light winds and full sun. Can't beat that! Long, long descent, but it felt good to get back to Talkeetna.
Posted Jun 12, 2013 5:37 pm

ephratWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2013


Had absolutely perfect weather! T2T in 10 days. Trip report here
Posted Jun 11, 2013 11:47 am

huntersleeGood weather window  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2013


Had a great weather window after being pinned down low on the mountain...in and out in 14 days.
Posted May 31, 2013 9:49 pm

project360What a Adventure  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 3, 2011


Another great adventure in the spirit of the mountains.
Posted Jan 2, 2013 11:43 pm

Fletchhighpointing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2009


See you at the top!
Posted Nov 30, 2012 3:23 pm

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