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PellucidWombatButtin' Out  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2008


Our team originally had its sights set on the West Rib, then the Upper West Rib cutoff, but ultimately we wimped out and climbed the butt. 12 hrs RT from 17k camp. I barely felt the altitude! Great weather. Trip report and photo links coming soon.
Posted Jun 28, 2008 2:47 am

MuddeerWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2008


After spending 6 days at the 14k' camp and then another 5 days at the 17k' camp due to high winds, summited on 5/30 Friday. Total of 19 days to the summit. Started out as a part of 5-person rope team, but was solo above the 14k' camp, as rest of the team could not wait out the storms. Fortunately, I was climbing totally self-sufficient in terms of gear from the start: my own tent, two stoves, shovel, saw, repair kits, etc.. The heavy pack and sled made the climb and the solo descent especially memorable. Denali, what a mountain! It was worth the time, money, and effort!!!
Posted Jun 6, 2008 4:31 pm

AlpinistWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2008


Summited on the 16th day of the trip. What an awesome experience! Started out in a whiteout but we climbed above the clouds at Denali Pass and it turned out to be a cold but fine summit day!. It took about 13 hours RT from 17K camp.

This is my 23rd state highpoint.

Daily dispatches and photos from the trip here.
Posted Jun 6, 2008 12:50 am

utclimberWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2008
Incredible mountain with the best views I've ever seen.
Posted Jun 3, 2008 3:51 pm

AlpinistRe: West Buttress


You're too modest Peter. Your 6 hour round trip time from 17K camp is pretty amazing. Well done!
Posted Jun 6, 2008 12:50 am

McClimberAwesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2005


Awesome. Long trip but I am coming back for more. This mountain is tuff on any route. Don't let anyone say different. If they do, they haven't been there.
Posted Jun 3, 2008 2:46 am

Brad MarshallWest Buttress
Date Climbed: May 18, 2008

Brad Marshall

Sue and I attempted the West Butt this year with a couple of friends. Sue made it to Windy Corner but decided the climb was too much for her this year and we descended. She'll be back!
Posted May 31, 2008 3:07 pm

ericwillhiteWhat a place.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 1997


Just wanted to sign the log. It was quite an adventure 10 years ago so I just named my new daughter Mckinley. She's only 7 months but already been up about 30 summits now (now 100 by age one). Spent 30 days up on the mountain....solo from 14,000 which I enjoyed. Great climbing buddys made the trip a success for our team of 4. Full trip report with pictures at http://www.willhiteweb.com/state_highpoint/alaska/mount_mckinley_047.htm
Posted Apr 30, 2008 8:09 pm

NoelleBig Mac  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2007


Denali pass was closed so we summited by going up the ridge to the right from high camp!
Posted Mar 26, 2008 11:53 pm

david whitingFor the beauty, the challenge, to feed the soul  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2001

david whiting

I'll post an article when I figure out how to do that.
Posted Mar 15, 2008 6:07 pm

bighornmonkeyWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007


First attempt! Successful attempt. Luck was on our side with the weather.
Posted Dec 25, 2007 8:53 am

verticalhikerDenali Expedition 2008  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2007


Mission Denali Expedition 2008

Yes, we are looking for a team of climbers to climb Denali (Mt. McKinley, Alaska) with us, (climbingforchrist.org) as a mission to help others on the mountain. (10-12 members only, this is not a guided expedition, so it's inexpensive because there is no profit, but we expect team players). We will attempt the Summit, via West Buttress, but we are committed to serving people on the mountain as God leads us. If you are interested, please visit this website: www.climbingforchrist.org and fill out an application if you fulfill some the prerequisites.

Thank you. If you have any questions, please email me.

Date:May 12 (arrive in Anchorage) to June 6, 2008.
Team: 10-12 members.
Estimated Cost: $1825 (inexpensive because it's not a guided profit trip)
Posted Dec 15, 2007 8:41 pm

kovarpaWest Buttress


Spent 16 days on the mountain with Vendulka and Kris. Vendulka and I got shut down by some horrible weather in the 17k camp - after three miserable days we just threw in the towel - the descent was a little hairy.
Still had great time, this is one my favorite areas in the world - when the weather is good I would not want to be anywhere else than Alaska Range.
Posted Nov 22, 2007 2:35 pm

olepatWest Buttress  Sucess!


After spending a year at UAF studying, Denali was close - so it called me...two other aspirants dropped out last minute, so it was "solo, but of course I met a great bunch of new friends on the mountain. Had two attempts, on the first one I got altitude sick at high camp and walked down to basecamp on my own, but thanks to the two Alaskans who accompanied me. Second attempt two weeks or so later was successful. Spent close to a month on the mountain, weather...
Posted Oct 23, 2007 4:21 am

I like it on topWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2006

I like it on top

What an incredible adventure!!! Felt like a long winter camping trip, except for all the hard climbing. Some incredible and amazing views. Weather held us up for a short time and then broke long enough for us to grab the summit and return. Memorial expedition for Cops on top. Four person team 2 from Switzerland, 1 from Canada, and myself. It's the highest and hardest of the state highpoints so I have no excuse to not complete them all now.
Posted Jul 30, 2007 5:01 pm

Tbacon251Re: West Buttress


I can only imagine!!!!
Posted Sep 26, 2007 10:53 pm

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

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