My first time & climb in Alaska. May on Denali is pretty cold! High winds at the summit. Somehow managed to stay on the top 1 hour 25 minutes.
Soloed the "Cassin" route and summited on 24 June 2010 at 11pm. Strong winds on summit. Ascent followed 7 days of heavy snowfall at around 3000m and storms above.
Guided a strong group up the Buttress in perfect weather and fine style, 15 days Talkeetna to Talkeetna. Nice work team!
Good weather but strong winds on the summit ridge. Good views too :-)
Beautiful nice weather, until our summit day.
This is the mountain, will try next time.
Great climb, till I got bronchitis at camp 11! Z pak and a full round of drugs could only get me to 19,200' where the lungs said No Mas! Sad, I felt terrific physically but the lungs did not cooperate. I'll be BACK for sure. What a great mountain! Scott
Wow. Awesome climb with an awesome group of people. We had great weather almost the whole time. Spent 15 days on the mountain.
Solo'd on up to the summit on May 25, 2010 around 4:30pm. Awesome time with so many supportive and interesting people around. Whew, can those South Koreans smoke!
Myself and a group from the Cops on Top organization nailed the summit on May 21st 2010 at 7:30 pm. We were an unguided expedition that climbed on behalf of Trooper Michael Haynes of the Montana Highway Patrol who was killed in the line of duty.
Spent a half hour on top by myself with my gloves off. Maybe 10 degrees (F) and NO wind. The sun warmed my face! Solid undercast. Could only see Huntington and Foracre. No one else on the ridge. Spent the night before at Denali Pass (18,000'?) with Ray Genet and his girlfriend. Took a hot bath at 14,200' on the way down! Caught in a snow storm for 3 days half way to base camp (5 of us in our 4 man tent). What a beautiful & clean Mountain!!!
We had a storm at 11' Camp and sat there for three days. In High Camp for seven nights with bad weather above us, before summitting. An 8th night before hiking out again. Steak and Beer in Talkeetna after flying out. Highest state highpoint in the bag.
Cold and sunny
Second time on the mountain (first one ended due to circumstances beyond my control). Spent a week at 14K due to storms, then were able to move up and summit. 2 of 3 of our group and 2 of 3 of the group we were traveling with summited. A big mtn, a long process, but turned out good.
Fantastic trip :-) Perfect conditions but cold. From basecamp to summit in 10 days. Everyone of our small team reached the summit.
Took us (a party of 6 friends, no guides) 10 days to summit WB in questionable but not horrible weather. Clouds, wind and snow on summit day - no views. Got down to 7200, rested and went up West Rib as a superlight (except gear) party of 4. Me and another guy bailed via W. Rib cut-off. The other two continued and summited 2nd time!
I was the team leader for the Marines in a Joint Climb that year. We didn't summit. Spent 5 days at 17 camp waiting for Brits to get rescued. Made one summit bid but weather turned us around. Tele ski'd all the way down from the 14 camp to our cache at 8K to link up with the Chinooks.
We had bad weather initially until our 3rd day. Then from camp 1 to high camp, nothing but relatively great weather. Couple of cold windy days in high camp, but on summit day, the winds died down. Denali Pass all the way to the summit was extremely hot. Climbed mostly with base layer top and soft shell pants. Our descent was horrendous though as the snow had the consistency of oatmeal and the later half of the day. Lots of open crevasses.
All 3 members of Team Wac(ko) reached the summit via the West Buttress on Friday the 19th. We hit the weather windows just right, taking only 1 unplanned rest/weather day. Much thanks to my team members Al and Dan (who just happens to be my son)!
First time on Denali. Got up to 16,300 on the Upper West Rib and put in an awesome perch at the bergschrund. Were supposed to take a rest day and then go for the summit, but I never got any higher. Developed a torn tendon or muscle under my ribs caused pain when breathing deeply. We waited it out 4 days but we descended when we realized it just wasn't going to get better. Major bummer is an understatement. I'll be back...
Climbed two long ice routes (NF of West Kahiltna Peak and the West Butt Prow) with Brent before going up the Rib Cut-off from 14k to the summit on day nine as a training climb (19 hours RT). Unfortunately, the next day we assisted the NPS rangers with the body recovery of two fallen climbers. Deteriorating conditions (and perhaps lack of heart) meant that we never got a chance to do what we came to do. Maybe some other time.