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bc44caesarWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007

bc44caesar

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

ibndalight

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

patascent

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

mountainmanmitch

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

snowflake

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

thenewpassion

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!

phydeux

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

Lubos

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

seth@LOKI

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

GMatthews

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

Guilty

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

96avs01THC climbs the W. Butt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2006

96avs01

After fourteen days of ascending the West Buttress our expedition, Three High Climbers, reached the summit at 10:18 PM. We were the only group of the day to have somewhat clear skies, for at least a few thousand feet, while on the summit. I would estimate that around 50 people summitted on the 14th. We did not have to wait at 14K for good weather as long as many of the groups did. Thanks to Pavel and Kris for hooking us up with some extra fuel at 14K before they descended!
Posted Jun 28, 2006 7:27 am

atavist11 days at high camp  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2006

atavist

West Buttress:
After spending 9 hard nights enduring a hard Denali storm at 17000'. The weather broke giving us a zero-visibility light-wind day which was good enough to summit. After one more night at 17, we began the descent which was mostly uneventful. Of course there were awesome views when the clouds parted briefly and of course there was immense discomfort while carrying 60lbs down the fixed lines. We gave away 7 days worth of food at 14 camp then flew off the mountain a few days later.
Posted Jun 28, 2006 6:32 am

ZzyzxWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2006
Having only one day of good weather in the forecast, instead of moving the camp to 17K I decided to go solo from 14K to the summit. I started late, at 2 PM, and summited at 12:45 AM, then got back to the camp at 5 AM - 15 hours round-trip. It was suppose to be the acclimatization climb before doing West Rib, but due to many days of bad weatherit was the only climb I did.
It's a great mountain and I hope to return there some day.
Posted Jun 16, 2006 3:53 am

rdesotaWest Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2006

rdesota

Third try in seven years. Climbed with my brother Tony from 14k camp to summit and back in one day - very exhuasting. Beautiful views and weather until the summit - a total whiteout. Priceless life lessons learned on this mountain. Had the privelidge of climbing with two fantastic members and climbers family and friends - thanks Tony and John.
Posted Jun 5, 2006 5:32 am

MjollnirUpper Rib  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2006

Mjollnir

Awesome climb - with Tauru Chaw, Taylor Woodward, and Dave. Happy to have made the summit on my first Alaska Range trip. Place is f*ucking AWESOME.
Posted May 27, 2006 6:27 am

CBakwinWest Butt. May, '06

CBakwin

Spent 12 days but did not make the summit. Quite a slog!
Posted May 23, 2006 10:04 pm

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