Denali Climber's Log

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Jason Halladay

Jason Halladay - Jan 17, 2006 12:16 am

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: 29 May 2003  Sucess!

Four out of five our expedition reached the summit of this majestic peak. Our climb to the summit took 12 days with three days to descend and get back to Talkeetna. A great expedition with wonderful climbing partners.


SawtoothSean - Jan 4, 2006 10:15 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2000

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: June 9, 2000  Sucess!

Part of the Denali For Dreams Make-A-Wish Fund Raiser- Idaho. Raised $325,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation.


climberben - Dec 26, 2005 5:08 am

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: 30 May 2001  Sucess!

A couple of weeks and we made the summit in beautiful calm weather and -20 degrees F.


snocat - Dec 15, 2005 10:46 pm

Route Climbed: west buttress Date Climbed: June 1, 2005  Sucess!

climbed above the clouds and the weather to a beautiful sunny afternoon summit on the last day before having to head back down.


mtnman455 - Oct 28, 2005 5:24 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2005

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: June 1, 2005  Sucess!

Summit with Andrew Councell. We were the first to reach the summit for three days. Everything was freshly corniced and beautiful. Breaking trail was hard but it was nice to be out of the trough. The start of the day was crappy but everything cleared up and it was pretty warm and clear on the summit.

Took one day to get down from 17,000 to the base. I don't recommend this.

Way too many people climbing this mountain for my taste. I don't know if I will ever come back but if I do I will stay far away from the West Butt. See my TR here.

edl - Sep 23, 2005 4:32 pm

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

Summited on day 19. We were one of the last teams to summit that year.


dpingree - Sep 9, 2005 4:52 pm

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: June 24, 2005  Sucess!

Reached the summit on day 13 via West Buttress. Weather was surprisingly good high on the mountain. The views were spectacular all along the route.

The biggest pain was the fixed lines and getting behind people crawling on their knees!

Overall, one of the most beautiful mountains I've ever seen. Highly recommended.

bruno baschung

bruno baschung - Aug 18, 2005 8:12 am

Route Climbed: west buttress Date Climbed: 22 May 1992  Sucess!

Summit reached in perfect weather conditions with a French expedition.

Having climbed all around the world, I can only say it was the most fantastic expedition I took part.

Admiring Amercia from the top is just a moment to be lived.

True, it's a bit overcrowded, but it's really another planet! We were lucky having 7 days in a row of fine weather after terrible storms causing 10 fatalities during that season. (But I strongly recommend being roped all the way, and i mean ALL the way, wether walking OR skiing! Mind about the crevasses even if you think there's no obvious danger).

Really GREAT!!!

I love Alaska!



rconstan - Aug 10, 2005 6:51 pm

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: June 15, 2005  Sucess!

After spending 5 days at 17K in foul weather, we were out of food and we had decided that tomorrow was either up or down, we had no other choice. We woke early to beautiful clear skies with calm winds and headed for the summit. We celebrated our success for about 10 minutes, taking the obligatory photos and then headed back to camp as big black clouds began to move in from the north/northwest. On our descent we heard thunder and made it back to camp just prior to the ensuing whiteout.

Andrew McKenzie

Andrew McKenzie - Jul 20, 2005 1:49 pm

Route Climbed: Washburn Date Climbed: June 7, 2005  Sucess!

Went for the summit at night, departing 17,200' at 10:30 pm. Clear but very cold, teammates were forced to turn back above the pass, but I kept going. Found myself on the summit approx. 3 am to watch the sunrise. Had the entire upper mountain to myself!! Spectacular!


thelisa - Jun 23, 2005 6:11 pm

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: June 15, 2005  Sucess!

Aidan, Jamy and I had the summit to ourselves at 02:32am. Clear skies and great views. Getting to the top was only part of the experience - we met so many people from all over the world and had a great game of frisbee at 14,200' camp.


robinmtns - Jun 18, 2005 4:16 pm

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: 14 June 2005  Sucess!

Three of us summited this beautiful mountain on Tuesday 6/14/05, the very last day possible with our food and fuel supplies, after many many days sitting in a tent waiting for a weather window. We totally lucked out... headed up to Denali pass in (still) lousy weather, high winds and cold temps. Felt OK at the pass, so decided to push a bit further. An hour later we climbed out of the muck into clear blue skies to the summit. Due to lousy weather lower, we virtually owned the summit this day!


mountaineer17 - May 23, 2005 8:11 pm

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: July 5, 2003  Sucess!

Went to sleep the night before at 2am in -40 degrees farenheit. The summit day was suprisingly easy compared to the day before, from ABC to The "eagle's nest" (camp 18,500 ft). Gotta say pig hill SUCKS!!!!

brutus of wyde

brutus of wyde - Apr 12, 2005 12:33 pm

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: May-June 1994  Sucess!

Summitted around 6 pm on 01 June 1994 with Jane Koski.

John Christie - Mar 28, 2005 6:43 pm

Route Climbed: Wonder Lake - North Side via Mckinley/Harper Glaciers Date Climbed: July 30, 1973  Sucess!

Look forward to hearing of others who have done the North route. Ours retraced Stuck's original, almost 60 years to the day, so we called it the Diamond Jubilee Expedition. 4 of us. 39 days to summit - 2 storms - lots of thrills...and many memories. Team mate Dave Carroll went back and was lost along with 3 others on South route in about 1981.

Is there a list of ascents by year/route?


GW - Dec 20, 2004 7:30 pm

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: May 2002  Sucess!

Summitted on beautiful day. Used Alpine Ascents Intl. guide service. Not fun but definitely challenging and adventurous. Made a great movie about our ascent.



Brice Neugebauer

Brice Neugebauer - Dec 14, 2004 4:38 am

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: 28 June 2004  Sucess!

Last of my fifty state high points. Excellent trip....thoughts of returning to try Foraker.


jwuite - Oct 15, 2004 12:32 pm

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: June 22 1999  Sucess!

We had a perfect 12 hr weather window for our summit attempt.


Gilbert - Jul 28, 2004 5:56 am

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: 14 june 2004  Sucess!

Together with my friend Jan we reached the summit on 14 june 04. There where very strong winds on the summit and the summit ridge. Several times the wind knocked us down and we had to lay down on the ridge. We only stayed 1 minute on the summit because of the winds. We where the only two that summited that day.

Beautiful mountain!


Russell - Jul 24, 2004 4:11 pm

Route Climbed: West Buttress Date Climbed: July 5,2004  Sucess!

15 days up 2 down A great trip with 5 climbers from across the USA.Good weather conditions and good company every day on the mountain.Smoke from forest fires at 14,000 camp only dark spot of whole trip.

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