Denali's summit ridge

Yours truly descending the summit ridge of Denali. If you look closely you can see the summit marker right of center. Photo by Ben Barlin, June 1, 2008.

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Afzal

Afzal - Jul 23, 2008 9:44 am - Voted 10/10

Great!

and very nice photo.Cheers Afzal

Alpinist

Alpinist - Jul 23, 2008 2:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great!

Thanks Afzal!

hippolyta23

hippolyta23 - Dec 10, 2008 9:44 am - Hasn't voted

Wow!

Love it!

Alpinist

Alpinist - Dec 10, 2008 4:04 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow!

Thanks!

PAROFES

PAROFES - Jan 27, 2009 10:25 am - Voted 10/10

That's it man!

Great, great picture man...
Very good climbings....
When i grow up (metaforically speaking) i hope to have as much success as you do on the climbings!
Hugs!

Paulo from Brazil

Alpinist

Alpinist - Jan 27, 2009 8:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: That's it man!

Obrigado! Happy climbing!

Deia

Deia - Feb 16, 2009 5:23 pm - Hasn't voted

UAU

Perfect pic!
Greetings from Brazil

Alpinist

Alpinist - Feb 17, 2009 11:23 am - Hasn't voted

Re: UAU

Thanks Deia!

LadyWawa

LadyWawa - Feb 8, 2011 7:03 pm - Voted 10/10

Yay!!

Congratulations! I'm training for Denali now. What would you recommend??

Alpinist

Alpinist - Feb 9, 2011 1:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Yay!!

Books have been written on this subject but I'll be brief with my thoughts.

If you're going with a guided group, then you mostly need to focus on physical training. The guide will help you with gear/clothing selection, etc.

If you're climbing unguided, then you'll have to do a lot of research. There are plenty of good guidebooks out there. Also, the guide companies list recommended gear on their websites that will help. Beyond that, your team must be fully self sufficient (experienced in winter mountaineering, trained in crevasse rescue, etc.).

Lastly, don't under estimate the mental stamina required for a long expedition. Be mentally prepared to wait out storms for several days in a tent. Harsh conditions, no hot shower or soft bed, and being away from family for 3+ weeks can be tough. Quite a few people turned around when I was there merely because bad weather was forecast for 4-5 days. What did they expect was going to happen on Denali?!

Good luck!

LadyWawa

LadyWawa - Feb 9, 2011 4:18 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Yay!!

Thanks for the advice. Is there a guidebook that you used that you would recommend? I'm not planning on going with a guided group.

Alpinist

Alpinist - Feb 9, 2011 5:31 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Yay!!

Assuming you are climbing the West Buttress, Colby Coombs' guidebook is helpful. There are also a lot of excellent trip reports here on SP worth reading. My own TR shows the itinerary that we followed which might help with your planning.

JoelSkok

JoelSkok - Sep 17, 2011 9:47 pm - Voted 10/10

Not too shabby

I salute you humble opinion of your considerable accomplishments. Wonderful lifestyle and sensible ambition. I particularily like this shot. Cheers!

Alpinist

Alpinist - Sep 18, 2011 10:38 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Not too shabby

Thanks for your comments!

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