Denali Climber's Log

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Haliku - Jun 2, 2009 9:33 pm Date Climbed: May 25, 2009

West Buttress  Sucess!

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.


bfrench - Apr 28, 2009 12:31 am Date Climbed: May 28, 2001

Denali  Sucess!

Chris and I both had our 21st birthdays at 14k. Summited from 14k in 13 hours round trip. Perfect weather.


Pablohoney - Mar 26, 2009 11:25 pm Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2008

West Butt  Sucess!

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


punchline - Mar 11, 2009 8:28 am Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2007

West Buttress  Sucess!

One of 77 that day


kovarpa - Jan 5, 2009 3:12 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2006

Tourist route

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.


TRP - Dec 7, 2008 1:27 pm

West Buttress  Sucess!

11 summits in 12 attempts. I really love this mountain.


crnhlio - Sep 2, 2008 10:33 am Date Climbed: May 25, 2007

West Butt  Sucess!

Great time, can't wait to come back.


jef80 - Aug 12, 2008 8:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2008

West Butt

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.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Sierra Ledge Rat - Jul 18, 2008 12:57 am

Two attempts

1979: West Rib attempt with the Korean expedition
1983: Reality Ridge attempt with Bill Crouse


PellucidWombat - Jun 28, 2008 2:47 am Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2008

Buttin' Out  Sucess!

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.


Muddeer - Jun 6, 2008 4:31 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2008

West Buttress  Sucess!

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!!!


Alpinist - Jun 6, 2008 12:50 am Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2008

West Buttress  Sucess!

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.

utclimber - Jun 3, 2008 3:51 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2008

West Buttress  Sucess!

Incredible mountain with the best views I've ever seen.


Alpinist - Jun 6, 2008 12:50 am

Re: West Buttress

You're too modest Peter. Your 6 hour round trip time from 17K camp is pretty amazing. Well done!


McClimber - Jun 3, 2008 2:46 am Date Climbed: May 24, 2005

Awesome  Sucess!

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.

Brad Marshall

Brad Marshall - May 31, 2008 3:07 pm Date Climbed: May 18, 2008

West Buttress

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!


ericwillhite - Apr 30, 2008 8:09 pm Date Climbed: Jun 4, 1997

What a place.  Sucess!

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


Noelle - Mar 26, 2008 11:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2007

Big Mac  Sucess!

Denali pass was closed so we summited by going up the ridge to the right from high camp!


bighornmonkey - Dec 25, 2007 8:53 am Date Climbed: May 26, 2007

West Buttress  Sucess!

First attempt! Successful attempt. Luck was on our side with the weather.


verticalhiker - Dec 15, 2007 8:41 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2007

Denali Expedition 2008  Sucess!

Mission Denali Expedition 2008

Yes, we are looking for a team of climbers to climb Denali (Mt. McKinley, Alaska) with us, ( 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: 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)

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