Denali Climber's Log

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

project360

project360 - Oct 25, 2013 4:55 pm Date Climbed: May 3, 2011

Mountain Storm

Spent a week at high camp before decending due to career pressures. Will never do that again!

iemmi

iemmi - Jul 27, 2013 7:33 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013

A week to summit, another week to descent  Sucess!

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.

mkmiller

mkmiller - Jul 10, 2013 4:22 pm Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2003

Denali summit  Sucess!

21 days on the mountain

Steve Gruhn - Jul 9, 2013 4:27 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2013

Geriatric ascent  Sucess!

I accompanied Tom Choate to the summit via the West Buttress. At 78 Tom became the oldest person ever to reach the summit.

TeeLee

TeeLee - Jun 27, 2013 3:02 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2013

100th anniversary summit  Sucess!

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.

sbkelley

sbkelley - Jun 12, 2013 5:37 pm Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2013

West Buttress  Sucess!

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.

ephrat

ephrat - Jun 11, 2013 11:47 am Date Climbed: May 30, 2013

West Buttress  Sucess!

Had absolutely perfect weather! T2T in 10 days. Trip report here

hunterslee

hunterslee - May 31, 2013 9:49 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2013

Good weather window  Sucess!

Had a great weather window after being pinned down low on the mountain...in and out in 14 days.

project360

project360 - Jan 2, 2013 11:43 pm Date Climbed: May 3, 2011

What a Adventure  Sucess!

Another great adventure in the spirit of the mountains.

Fletch

Fletch - Nov 30, 2012 3:23 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2009

highpointing  Sucess!

See you at the top!

donutslayer

donutslayer - Nov 14, 2012 2:52 pm

Traverse!  Sucess!

Went up the West Buttress and then down the Muldrow Glacier. The way out is what made the trip!

swamy

swamy - Jul 18, 2012 4:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2012

solo summit  Sucess!

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.

DarrenKnezek

DarrenKnezek - Jun 21, 2012 1:14 am Date Climbed: May 20, 2012

Cold, Hard, and Loads of Adventure!  Sucess!

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!!

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