Denali

Here are some pictures from an ascent of Denali from 15 May (day 1) to 2 June (day 19) 2011 with Alpine Ascents International.

Alp 4: Team Blueberry - Rick, Dennis, Jon, Margit, Benjamin, Eitan, Eric, Keegan.

Team Picture

Main gallery (242 pictures)
Supplementary "people" gallery (54 pictures)
Movie showing view from the summit and the flight out: YouTube.

Day 0: Drive from Anchorage to Talkeetna with Denali Overland. Our driver left such an impression on us that we took our team name from one of his stories. Overnight at the Fireweed Station Inn.
Day 1: Gear check at the Alpine Ascents Talkeetna Office. National Park Service orientation. Fly to base camp with Talkeetna Air Taxi.
Day 2: Base camp. Glacier travel review.
Day 3: Move (single carry) to camp 1 (about 4/5 way to "usual" camp 1).
Day 4: Carry to camp 2.
Day 5: Move to camp 2.
Day 6: Weather day. Cleared in the evening.
Day 7: Carry to camp 3 (3350m).
Day 8: Move to camp 3.
Day 9: Carry to cache beyond Windy Corner (4115m).
Day 10: Move to camp 4 (4330m).
Day 11: Back carry to camp 4.
Day 12: Rest day. Skills review.
Day 13: Carry to cache at top of fixed lines (5100m).
Day 14: Move to camp 5 (5245m).
Day 15: Summit day. Depart 11:30 (waited until summit wind looked OK). Summit at 20:15 (6168m).
Day 16: Return to camp 4.
Day 17: Return to base camp. Depart 20:30. Arrive next day 06:30.
Day 18: Weather day. No flights.
Day 19: Return flight to Talkeetna. Dinner (with Ott & Murphy Wine) and overnight at the Fireweed Station Inn.

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Jon Herring [created 11-Jun-2011, modified 12-Feb-2017] Share: Facebook