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CBakwinWest Butt. May, '06

CBakwin

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

tetontomMost beautiful place on Earth...  Sucess!

tetontom

Guiding on this incredible mountain has tought me the most valuable lesson I've ever learned; humility...
Summits in 2003 and '04. Looking forward to more good times on Denali, as soon as Himalayan trips give me a break.
Posted Apr 19, 2006 2:45 am

HamiltonRoute Climbed: West Rib  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2004

Hamilton

Spent 12 days on the route. Nearly got wiped out by a massive ice avalanche in the NE Fork of the Kahiltna (our tent was flattened by the wind blast). We summitted in perfect weather with absolutely no wind on the summit!
Posted Mar 25, 2006 7:58 am

Brad MarshallRoute Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: May 23, 2005  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2005

Brad Marshall

Climbed the West Buttress route with two friends and summitted on our second attempt. We enjoyed terrific weather almost the whole time on the mountain. Feet killed after coming all the way out from 17,000 in two days. Unfortunately two climbers, twin brothers, fell to their death on Denali Pass a week before we climbed it.
Posted Mar 16, 2006 8:17 pm

sutcliffe996sutcliffe996  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2005

sutcliffe996

Great climg, with Jagged Globe abd Alaskan Guides, beautiful summit day, but we had to wait for it! Alistair Sutcliffe.
Posted Feb 23, 2006 3:38 pm

Mountain JimRoute Climbed: West Rib Date Climbed: May 23,1981  Sucess!

Mountain Jim

20 days round trip from the landing site below Mount Hunter. After our summit day, we descended from our high camp just below the "Rock Step" on the West Rib,at 16,200 ft., down to the West Buttress Route at "Windy Corner", and followed the West Buttress route back to the landing site.
Posted Jan 29, 2006 9:52 pm

Jason HalladayRoute Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: 29 May 2003  Sucess!

Jason Halladay

Four out of five our expedition reached the summit of this majestic peak. Our climb to the summit took 12 days with three days to descend and get back to Talkeetna. A great expedition with wonderful climbing partners.
Posted Jan 17, 2006 12:16 am

SawtoothSeanRoute Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: June 9, 2000  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2000

SawtoothSean

Part of the Denali For Dreams Make-A-Wish Fund Raiser- Idaho. Raised $325,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Posted Jan 4, 2006 10:15 pm

climberbenRoute Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: 30 May 2001  Sucess!

climberben

A couple of weeks and we made the summit in beautiful calm weather and -20 degrees F.
Posted Dec 26, 2005 5:08 am

snocatRoute Climbed: west buttress Date Climbed: June 1, 2005  Sucess!

snocat

climbed above the clouds and the weather to a beautiful sunny afternoon summit on the last day before having to head back down.
Posted Dec 15, 2005 10:46 pm

mtnman455Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: June 1, 2005  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2005

mtnman455

Summit with Andrew Councell. We were the first to reach the summit for three days. Everything was freshly corniced and beautiful. Breaking trail was hard but it was nice to be out of the trough. The start of the day was crappy but everything cleared up and it was pretty warm and clear on the summit.

Took one day to get down from 17,000 to the base. I don't recommend this.

Way too many people climbing this mountain for my taste. I don't know if I will ever come back but if I do I will stay far away from the West Butt. See my TR here.
Posted Oct 28, 2005 5:24 pm

edlRoute Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!
Summited on day 19. We were one of the last teams to summit that year.
Posted Sep 23, 2005 4:32 pm

dpingreeRoute Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: June 24, 2005  Sucess!

dpingree

Reached the summit on day 13 via West Buttress. Weather was surprisingly good high on the mountain. The views were spectacular all along the route.



The biggest pain was the fixed lines and getting behind people crawling on their knees!



Overall, one of the most beautiful mountains I've ever seen. Highly recommended.
Posted Sep 9, 2005 4:52 pm

bruno baschungRoute Climbed: west buttress Date Climbed: 22 May 1992  Sucess!

bruno baschung

Summit reached in perfect weather conditions with a French expedition.



Having climbed all around the world, I can only say it was the most fantastic expedition I took part.



Admiring Amercia from the top is just a moment to be lived.



True, it's a bit overcrowded, but it's really another planet! We were lucky having 7 days in a row of fine weather after terrible storms causing 10 fatalities during that season. (But I strongly recommend being roped all the way, and i mean ALL the way, wether walking OR skiing! Mind about the crevasses even if you think there's no obvious danger).



Really GREAT!!!



I love Alaska!



Bruno BASCHUNG
Posted Aug 18, 2005 8:12 am

rconstanRoute Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: June 15, 2005  Sucess!

rconstan

After spending 5 days at 17K in foul weather, we were out of food and we had decided that tomorrow was either up or down, we had no other choice. We woke early to beautiful clear skies with calm winds and headed for the summit. We celebrated our success for about 10 minutes, taking the obligatory photos and then headed back to camp as big black clouds began to move in from the north/northwest. On our descent we heard thunder and made it back to camp just prior to the ensuing whiteout.
Posted Aug 10, 2005 6:51 pm

Andrew McKenzieRoute Climbed: Washburn Date Climbed: June 7, 2005  Sucess!

Andrew McKenzie

Went for the summit at night, departing 17,200' at 10:30 pm. Clear but very cold, teammates were forced to turn back above the pass, but I kept going. Found myself on the summit approx. 3 am to watch the sunrise. Had the entire upper mountain to myself!! Spectacular!
Posted Jul 20, 2005 1:49 pm

thelisaRoute Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: June 15, 2005  Sucess!

thelisa

Aidan, Jamy and I had the summit to ourselves at 02:32am. Clear skies and great views. Getting to the top was only part of the experience - we met so many people from all over the world and had a great game of frisbee at 14,200' camp.
Posted Jun 23, 2005 6:11 pm

jasonconnellRoute Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: June 5th 2005

jasonconnell

What a mountain! Weather for most of the trip was crappy but ended up getting a good summit day.

Pictures
Posted Jun 19, 2005 4:05 pm

robinmtnsRoute Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: 14 June 2005  Sucess!

robinmtns

Three of us summited this beautiful mountain on Tuesday 6/14/05, the very last day possible with our food and fuel supplies, after many many days sitting in a tent waiting for a weather window. We totally lucked out... headed up to Denali pass in (still) lousy weather, high winds and cold temps. Felt OK at the pass, so decided to push a bit further. An hour later we climbed out of the muck into clear blue skies to the summit. Due to lousy weather lower, we virtually owned the summit this day!
Posted Jun 18, 2005 4:16 pm

mountaineer17Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: July 5, 2003  Sucess!

mountaineer17

Went to sleep the night before at 2am in -40 degrees farenheit. The summit day was suprisingly easy compared to the day before, from ABC to The "eagle's nest" (camp 18,500 ft). Gotta say pig hill SUCKS!!!!
Posted May 23, 2005 8:11 pm

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