Snowed everyday, but had a blast. Next year I hope to make it all the way!
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!
The weather and crowds timed out perfectly. Storms were on rest days and Windy Corner was balmy. Up in 12, down in 15!
Took 13 days to reach the summit. June 7, 2013 via the West Buttress Route. Great experience.
Spent a week at high camp before decending due to career pressures. Will never do that again!
It took us a week to summit, however, got stuck on high camp on the descent and it took another week before we could fly out from the glacier.
21 days on the mountain
I accompanied Tom Choate to the summit via the West Buttress. At 78 Tom became the oldest person ever to reach the summit.
On my fifth venture up Denali since 2006, me and fellow SP member Andy Howell summitted on the exact 100th anniversary of Harper's first steps atop this mutha. It also meant, for me, the completion of all 50 U.S. state highpoints, a quest my wife (who climbed 49 of them) and I started in 1996 in Texas. Elated to achieve this and to do so on the 100th anniversary really adds some zing to it.
Successful trip and an adventure for the ages for our unguided group of six - 5 from CO, and 1 from AZ! 16 days from Kahiltna Base to the summit and back. Spent 4 nights at 17k camp, but patience paid off. 12 hour summit day, and temps on top were around -10 with light winds and full sun. Can't beat that! Long, long descent, but it felt good to get back to Talkeetna.
Had absolutely perfect weather! T2T in 10 days. Trip report here
Had a great weather window after being pinned down low on the mountain...in and out in 14 days.
Another great adventure in the spirit of the mountains.
See you at the top!
Went up the West Buttress and then down the Muldrow Glacier. The way out is what made the trip!
Reached the summit around 5:00 pm.
Was followed by a team of 2 Alpine Ascents guides and 5 clients.
One of the guide was Vern Tejas.
Climbed the West Buttress with Jennifer Knezek, and John Judd. Started on May 2nd, got caught in a snow storm at 14,000 and summited a few days later. Rescued a Russian climber who fell off the ridge above Washburn's Thumb, luckily, Jennifer saw him fall about 100 feet where he hit a large rock before a 2,000 foot death fall. Erik from Holland tied into the end of our rope at the start of the Autobahn since no one in his group was going. Great summit day. Took a rest day at 17,000 and headed back to Kahiltna Base Camp.
What a grand adventure!!
After getting sick in 2010, this year felt awesome! Great summit ridge...And oh those views from 17k ridge...Scott
Very nice Scott!!!!!! What's next, I see a pattern developing?
Climbed with four other climbers that I met on this site. Got a Denali Pro Pin for environmental stewardship!