Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2017 Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 2 (May 14 - June 3)

Guides:

Chad Cochran
Jeremy Devine
Zach Lovell

Climbers:

Roxanne Litynska
Dennis Ougrin
Cormac Gilligan
Delfino DiMascio
Catherine Hibberd
Philip Purdy
Georg Molnes
Eric Tutterow

AAI guide Zach Lovell calling in...

"we had a wonderful rest day today and also worked on some fixed line skills for the upper mountain. Weather is looking really good right now but it's still really cold and High Camp. Hopefully that moves out of there soon so we can out our cache in and get ready to wrap this trip up in style. Will check in with you guys tomorrow."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 Denali West Buttress Expedition (May 21 - June 10) from May 22nd

Guides:

Andrew Yasso
Will Gordon
Calvin Morris

Climbers:

Anya Jones
Dave Nelson
Deanna Brubaker
Greg Andersen
Igor Kropotov
Janet Joy Lee
Karen Nelson
Renaye Dickerson
Rhiannon Brey

Lead guide Andrew Yasso called to let us know that the team made it to Camp 1 (7,800ft) beneath Ski Hill. They woke up to nice weather and packed up camp and made it through some variable conditions. Everyone is snuggled up in their sleeping bags after enjoying a nice meal and they will prepare to carry to 10,000ft tomorrow. ALSO, here is a photo of the crew before flying onto the glacier. 2 days late but it's good to see everyone nice and clean (they won't look the same in 3 weeks time).


2017 Denali West Buttress Expedition (May 14 - June 3, 2017) from May 21st/22nd

Guides:

Chad Cochran
Jeremy Devine
Zach Lovell

Climbers:

Roxanne Litynska
Dennis Ougrin
Cormac Gilligan
Delfino DiMascio
Catherine Hibberd
Philip Purdy
Georg Molnes
Eric Tutterow

Lead guide Chad Cochran and AAI guide Jeremy Devine called in. Team 2 has safely and successfully made it to Camp 3 (14,200ft) also known as 14 Camp or Medical Camp. The team woke up yesterday to beautiful blue skies and packed up to make the big move. It took about 7 hours from Camp 2 (11,200ft) to make it to Camp 3. Everyone did well and they enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving meal with mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, and chicken breasts. The team will take a rest day tomorrow and soon begin to prepare for moving to the upper mountain.

Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 Denali Expedition Team 1 (May 7 - 27) from May 22nd

Tad McCrea
Philip "Britt" Ruegger
Jared Drapala

Climbers:

Uli Meyer
Matthias Mueller
Irene Hartman
Beatrice Hirschi
Marianne Schnider
Hubery Schurch
Helmut Stadmuller
Martin Stappung
Alois Fuchs

Lead Guide Tad McCrea called in. A team decision was made to descend down to 14 Camp and off the mountain after forecast of inclement weather at high camp. After determining that there would not be a window for some time the group made the tough choice to turn around. The team picked up their cache around 14 Camp and made their way back to Basecamp. It was a long hard day however among some tired climbers spirits are still high with thoughts of returning home after many long days on the mountain. 

2017 Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 2 (May 14 - June 3) from May 22nd

Guides:

Chad Cochran
Jeremy Devine
Zach Lovell

Climbers:

Roxanne Litynska
Dennis Ougrin
Cormac Gilligan
Delfino DiMascio
Catherine Hibberd
Philip Purdy
Georg Molnes
Eric Tutterow

Lead Guide Chad Cochran called in. The team woke up early this morning to great weather. Everyone felt strong enough to make their way up to Camp 14. They packed up, fueled up and in about 7 hours the team had made it to 14,000 ft. The weather was great and the camp was not too crowded, so the team had prime choice of camp sites. Even after a long day of climbing everyone was still in high spirits, fueled further by a great turkey dinner.

2017 Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 3 (May 21- June 10) From May 21 Dispatch #2

Guides:

Andrew Yasso
Will Gordon
Calvin Morris

Climbers:

Anya Jones
Dave Nelson
Deanna Brubaker
Greg Andersen
Igor Kropotov
Janet Joy Lee
Karen Nelson
Renaye Dickerson
Rhiannon Brey

Lead Guide Andrew Yasso called in after a successful and exciting flight from K2 Aviation to Basecamp (7200') . The team is resting on the Kahiltna Glacier after having set up camp, and being the first ones in for the morning, had camp to themselves! They were able to set up camp quickly and efficiently, showing great teamwork. A full and delicious meal of pasta, bread and brownies for dessert was enjoyed that evening. The plan is to move up the glacier to Camp 1 tomorrow after some glacier travel skills practice. The travel to Camp 1 is about 5 miles of mostly flat terrain with one downhill section on 'Heartbreak Hill'. 

2017 Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 3 (May 21- June 10) From May 21 Dispatch #1

Guides:

Andrew Yasso
Will Gordon
Calvin Morris

Climbers:

Anya Jones
Dave Nelson
Deanna Brubaker
Greg Andersen
Igor Kropotov
Janet Joy Lee
Karen Nelson
Renaye Dickerson
Rhiannon Brey

Lead Guide Andrew Yasso called in. The team is currently in Talkeetna at K2 aviation HQ where the team is all together and packing up and getting ready to fly to the base of Denali. The excitement is high and the weather looks great, allowing the team a prime window to take off for their objective.