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!
Denali pass was closed so we summited by going up the ridge to the right from high camp!
First attempt! Successful attempt. Luck was on our side with the weather.
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.
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...
I can only imagine!!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A great guided climb with Alpine Ascents. A beautiful summit day with clear skies and NO wind.
Climbed with bc44caeser & photo61guy. Skied from the summit!
Fell into a crevasse and twisted my knee it ended my climb at 16K. Quite a bummer...
Big Mac!! as we all call it;
Thanks Blue for enduring me in the tent for so long...!!
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.
Soloed Cassine do not do this ! it is not worh ypou life . ok now that the wrning is over . I havev no idea why i soled that ridge it is not easy or even fun just pain hard climbing and a dangerous aproach . Ski in then attach skis yto yourvpav ck this becomes a PITA on the route . c capmp out around 16,00 ther isa small ledge and a incdrible view . climband i mean climb o\n mixed ground that is very steep I am guess 60 degreess plus in places . . when you get up to about 18,000 stop and lokok down and ask your self why you did that and check your sanity Therest of the route is seemingly easy after your adventure on a tough mixed route
Now you area bout to meet every one else as if you are sumiting so is everyones else who isabove 16 K on the peak at least on the west side of the peak If you ant go down west buttress or if you are a real;l good skier i am not ski down it A faster way dwon i liked much better asi could get food anda bigger tent left at the 14,300 ft Enjot a good meal take phots taplk rest up wait for a good day if you haveto then ski down to "Kahtina Intenational z" ie base camp and where you startd from look up and be in awe of this astound peak promise yoursel to comeback if youhave time go take asire if possible in the park and just take itall in hear wolves and see grizzlies and eagals soar just beond words ! Rick
Summited solo on the 4th of July, entire trip took 20 days plus 2 summit attempts. Took a nasty spill coming down from Denali Pass on the first attempt. But persistence pays off baby!!
12 days out with a couple of friends. The DIY aspect of this climb made it more personally fulfilling than my later climb of Cho Oyu.