Denali Climber's Log

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Matt McCullough - Nov 19, 2018 6:44 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2017

West Buttress  Sucess!

Climbed with Alpine Ascents International Jun 18 - July 8th. Summit day on July 4th was the warmest reported in years. The warm spell, however, made the final leg portion of the descent over the Kahiltna Glacier particularly treacherous.


wdimpfl - Dec 22, 2017 2:17 am Date Climbed: Jul 17, 1977

East Buttress 2nd ascent  Sucess!

Please see "Denali East Buttress Expedition" trip report for advice about the route. Flown to Sheldon Amphitheater on June 28, Spent 10 days climbing buttress (Bradford Washburn Route). Summited Denali July 17th. Back at Sheldon Amphitheater July 21st.


cturturica - Aug 8, 2017 10:44 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2017

Successful summit  Sucess!

We were 24days on the mountain summited on day 21.


yuval - Jul 9, 2017 3:49 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2017

Denali summit!  Sucess!

Summited after 2nd try on same expidition.
Great views, great summit partners.
Extremely cold mountain...


JuhoK - Jun 14, 2017 4:57 pm Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2017

West Buttress  Sucess!

Basin Camp - summit - Basin camp 7h 50min.


project360 - Aug 5, 2016 12:56 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2016


We ascended the moderate terrain to the crest of the summit ridge before the final 300’ of exposed ridge to the top of North America. The view up was anything but easy but we pushed on in the increased winds and zero visibility. After some time saw floating benchmark on what was the summit of the highest point in North America. What a day in my life!


Guilty - Jul 29, 2016 6:07 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2006

West Buttress  Sucess!

Three of us, climbed the West Buttress route, and made it. It was supposed to be our rest day at 17,000', but the ranger inform us of a big Storm approaching. We Summited as the storm was just hitting us. 'Ran-down' and Made it to 14,000' as the blunt of the storm hit.


guerinak - Jun 17, 2016 3:56 am Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2016

Tenacious Denali Orphan  Sucess!

Summited after being abandoned by my team on day 15 of my expedition. Shared the summit with John Waterman on his birthday, which made the experience more special. Would love to climb again in better conditions and perhaps a harder route than the West Buttress (summit was cloudy with no vis!) Amazing experience, demanding mountain.


fubar7500 - Jun 13, 2016 11:04 am Date Climbed: May 30, 2016

Denali West Butters  Sucess!

Summited on sunny day, mild wind only.
8 days on the way up, two down.


endo.the.timber - Jun 9, 2016 5:40 pm Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2016

normal route  Sucess!

11th day on the mountain

Grenn - Dec 31, 2015 8:00 pm Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2012

Alaska dream  Sucess!

23 days on the mountain with successful summit. Awesome.

spadflyer12 - Oct 7, 2015 2:07 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 2015

West Buttress  Sucess!

Summitted 7 days after landing on the glacier. Pushed the summit from 14 camp with ski equipment. Ditched the snowboard and skis at 18,600', just above Denali pass. Summit and back from 14 camp mostly unroped. Roped up for the Autobahn on the descent. 19hrs camp to camp.

spadflyer12 - Oct 7, 2015 2:05 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 2014

Lower West Rib

Double carried the lower west rib. Descended the West Rib cutoff to 14 camp on the buttress and ended up getting stuck there for a week before we had to head back down.

Puma concolor

Puma concolor - Jul 2, 2015 6:36 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2015

State Highpoint #50  Sucess!

Summited via the West Buttress Route with American Alpine Institute Team 6 at 8 PM on June 21, 2015. 17 total days on the mountain were dominated by an epic two-week high pressure system that brought us one perfect day after another after enduring some early heavy snow. Fun group including myself, five Aussies and one chap from the UK in addition to three American guides. Trip of a lifetime. State Highpoint #50!!!


McCannster - Jun 19, 2015 1:14 am Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2015

via West Buttress  Sucess!

Spent 18 days on the mountain total. We were bogged down at KIA for about 6 days due to weather and other issues, got established at 11 camp, bogged down for 4 more weather days, and then finally got established at 14. After a couple aclimazation days, bagged the summit in about 10 hours round trip from 14 camp. If you have the stamina, way more efficient to summit from 14 rather than shlepping up to 17 and trying to camp. Wonderful trip. State highpoint #30.


rdesota - Mar 26, 2015 12:26 am Date Climbed: May 30, 2006

West buttress  Sucess!

Third try a success! I love this place. It giveth and taketh away.


JordanH - Oct 30, 2014 10:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2014

West Buttress attempt

Snowed everyday, but had a blast. Next year I hope to make it all the way!


Jmoeesq - Sep 29, 2014 10:40 am Date Climbed: May 31, 2010

So Close!

Spent 21 days total on the Mountain, ascending for 15, getting stuck at high camp (17,200) for 5 days, waiting for a weather window, only to be forced to retreat due to timing/travel issues for everyone. Made the death march (retreat) in 24 straight hours just to get back to civilization only to get grounded at base camp due to more bad weather! Good thing we had cached "beverages" there! It was a great and horrible trip all in one. This Mountain changed my life. Would I make a second attempt some day? - Perhaps!


badmajick - Jul 22, 2014 3:02 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2013

West Buttress  Sucess!

The weather and crowds timed out perfectly. Storms were on rest days and Windy Corner was balmy. Up in 12, down in 15!


vanman798 - Jul 3, 2014 7:58 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2014

West Buttress  Sucess!

Took 13 days to reach the summit. June 7, 2013 via the West Buttress Route. Great experience.

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