Denali Climber's Log

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Alpinist - Jun 6, 2008 12:50 am Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2008

West Buttress  Sucess!

Summited on the 16th day of the trip. What an awesome experience! Started out in a whiteout but we climbed above the clouds at Denali Pass and it turned out to be a cold but fine summit day!. It took about 13 hours RT from 17K camp.

This is my 23rd state highpoint.

Daily dispatches and photos from the trip here.

utclimber - Jun 3, 2008 3:51 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2008

West Buttress  Sucess!

Incredible mountain with the best views I've ever seen.


McClimber - Jun 3, 2008 2:46 am Date Climbed: May 24, 2005

Awesome  Sucess!

Awesome. Long trip but I am coming back for more. This mountain is tuff on any route. Don't let anyone say different. If they do, they haven't been there.

Brad Marshall

Brad Marshall - May 31, 2008 3:07 pm Date Climbed: May 18, 2008

West Buttress

Sue and I attempted the West Butt this year with a couple of friends. Sue made it to Windy Corner but decided the climb was too much for her this year and we descended. She'll be back!


Noelle - Mar 26, 2008 11:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2007

Big Mac  Sucess!

Denali pass was closed so we summited by going up the ridge to the right from high camp!


bighornmonkey - Dec 25, 2007 8:53 am Date Climbed: May 26, 2007

West Buttress  Sucess!

First attempt! Successful attempt. Luck was on our side with the weather.


verticalhiker - Dec 15, 2007 8:41 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2007

Denali Expedition 2008  Sucess!

Mission Denali Expedition 2008

Yes, we are looking for a team of climbers to climb Denali (Mt. McKinley, Alaska) with us, ( as a mission to help others on the mountain. (10-12 members only, this is not a guided expedition, so it's inexpensive because there is no profit, but we expect team players). We will attempt the Summit, via West Buttress, but we are committed to serving people on the mountain as God leads us. If you are interested, please visit this website: and fill out an application if you fulfill some the prerequisites.

Thank you. If you have any questions, please email me.

Date:May 12 (arrive in Anchorage) to June 6, 2008.
Team: 10-12 members.
Estimated Cost: $1825 (inexpensive because it's not a guided profit trip)


kovarpa - Nov 22, 2007 2:35 pm

West Buttress

Spent 16 days on the mountain with Vendulka and Kris. Vendulka and I got shut down by some horrible weather in the 17k camp - after three miserable days we just threw in the towel - the descent was a little hairy.
Still had great time, this is one my favorite areas in the world - when the weather is good I would not want to be anywhere else than Alaska Range.


olepat - Oct 23, 2007 4:21 am

West Buttress  Sucess!

After spending a year at UAF studying, Denali was close - so it called me...two other aspirants dropped out last minute, so it was "solo, but of course I met a great bunch of new friends on the mountain. Had two attempts, on the first one I got altitude sick at high camp and walked down to basecamp on my own, but thanks to the two Alaskans who accompanied me. Second attempt two weeks or so later was successful. Spent close to a month on the mountain, weather...


Tbacon251 - Sep 26, 2007 10:53 pm

Re: West Buttress

I can only imagine!!!!

I like it on top

I like it on top - Jul 30, 2007 5:01 pm Date Climbed: May 21, 2006

West Buttress  Sucess!

What an incredible adventure!!! Felt like a long winter camping trip, except for all the hard climbing. Some incredible and amazing views. Weather held us up for a short time and then broke long enough for us to grab the summit and return. Memorial expedition for Cops on top. Four person team 2 from Switzerland, 1 from Canada, and myself. It's the highest and hardest of the state highpoints so I have no excuse to not complete them all now.

Shirley Lam

Shirley Lam - Jul 26, 2007 3:35 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2007

West Buttress  Sucess!

3 days grounded in Talkeetna, 13 days to the summit, 1 day descent, 24 hrs at BC, 3 awesome partners, 100's of new friends. I couldn't have counted on a better trip!


bcborder - Jul 12, 2007 3:03 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2007

West Buttress Traverse  Sucess!

Awesome day to be on the summit. We came up the West Buttress, carried all our gear over Denali pass, then summited from a high camp at around 17600' on the Harper glacier. The 4 day descent down Karstens/Muldrow glacier was tough. The guides from Mountain Trip did a great job.


caude - Jul 2, 2007 2:33 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2007

perfect day  Sucess!

After 16 days on the West Buttress route we (Team Ten Fingers Ten Toes) had a perfect day on the summit - no wind, no clouds, about 30-40 climbers. Check out our expedition website for photos and more.

Peak Freak

Peak Freak - Jun 22, 2007 5:36 pm Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2007

West Buttress  Sucess!

28 days on the mountain! Stuck at 14,200 for 12 days due to bad weather up top. Made lots of friends in camp. Many people left before summitting. When the weather cleared, many people summitted before I was ready (I'm a slow acclimatizer). Bivvied 2 extra nights at 17,200. Summitted on day 25 on my own, following another friendly group. Beautiful weather. Stellar conditions. Soloed all the way out and made new friends. Thanks to the Spanish trio who let me follow them from 7,800 to 7,200. Tons of open crevasses!!!! Alaska is a beautiful place.

Dennis Poulin

Dennis Poulin - Jun 19, 2007 11:50 am Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2007

West Buttress  Sucess!

A great guided climb with Alpine Ascents. A beautiful summit day with clear skies and NO wind.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Jun 18, 2007 1:47 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2007

West Buttress  Sucess!

Climbed with bc44caeser & photo61guy. Skied from the summit!


ibndalight - May 18, 2007 2:50 pm Date Climbed: May 1, 2007

West Buttress

Fell into a crevasse and twisted my knee it ended my climb at 16K. Quite a bummer...

The edge

The edge - Mar 14, 2007 4:20 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2005

HP #47  Sucess!

Big Mac!! as we all call it;
Thanks Blue for enduring me in the tent for so long...!!


patascent - Feb 11, 2007 3:34 am Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2006

Stunning Alaska  Sucess!

Climbed the West Butress route on Denali and reached the summit on day 16 of our climb. Moved on some marginal days low on the mountain which put us high on the mountain. We summited on our 2nd day at high camp. Spent 2 days walking back to base camp and then waited another 24 hours for visibility so the pilot could fly in to get us. Great climb.

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