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.
21 days on the mountain
I accompanied Tom Choate to the summit via the West Buttress. At 78 Tom became the oldest person ever to reach the summit.
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.
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.
Had absolutely perfect weather! T2T in 10 days. Trip report here
Had a great weather window after being pinned down low on the mountain...in and out in 14 days.
Another great adventure in the spirit of the mountains.
See you at the top!
Went up the West Buttress and then down the Muldrow Glacier. The way out is what made the trip!
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.
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!!
After getting sick in 2010, this year felt awesome! Great summit ridge...And oh those views from 17k ridge...Scott
Very nice Scott!!!!!! What's next, I see a pattern developing?
Climbed with four other climbers that I met on this site. Got a Denali Pro Pin for environmental stewardship!
I climbed Denali in may and june 2011, with a group guided by the Alaska Mountaineering School. The trip only took 16 days, including 3 days at high camp (17k). We were all very happy to summit during the one day weahter window. It was a bit busy though.
Overnights at 11k at 2 nights at 14k before a push to the summit on day 4 via west buttress. Most parties were huddled at 17k camp because of supposedly bad conditions but one other party also summited that day, the last decent day of the weather window for the next 4 days.
Beautiful day on the mountain, great crew! Summited with 8 total, first crew up and down that day.
Two man unguided team, both summited. Made the summit on day 11 in a very small weather window. Made the push to 17k with no cache and went for the summit the next day.
Got lucky and only had to spend 14 days on the mountain to get it done.