Saturday, May 28, 2022

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 3 (May 22 - June 11, 2022) Dispatch 6

Guides:


Tad McCrea

Justin Votos

Tracy Lenard


Climbers:


Rajesh Nair

Richard Caton

Arne Vatnhamar

Matt May

Jim Heath

Alvin Loi

Jonathan Deffenbaugh

Shane Rowe


Team caches above Windy Corner and returns to Camp 2. The team plans to move to Camp 3 (14,200ft) today. 

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 2 (May 15 - June 4, 2022) Dispatch 14

Guides:


Andy Stephen

Kevin McGarity

Gloria Roe


Climbers:


Alex Beresford

Tom Cleary

Dave Chant

Bryan Clarke

Keith Mallon

Craig O'Leary

Johnny Ward


Team 2 moves to High Camp (17,200ft)! Hopes to summit over the next two days. 



Friday, May 27, 2022

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 2 (May 15 - June 4, 2022) Dispatch 13

Guides:


Andy Stephen

Kevin McGarity

Gloria Roe


Climbers:


Alex Beresford

Tom Cleary

Dave Chant

Bryan Clarke

Keith Mallon

Craig O'Leary

Johnny Ward

Team 2 takes one more rest day before moving to High Camp (17,200ft) today.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 3 (May 22 - June 11, 2022) Dispatch 5

Guides:

Tad McCrea

Justin Votos

Tracy Lenard


Climbers:

Rajesh Nair

Richard Caton

Arne Vatnhamar

Matt May

Jim Heath

Alvin Loi

Jonathan Deffenbaugh

Shane Rowe


Team 3 makes a successful move to Camp 2 (11,200ft). The team will attempt to cache above Windy Corner at 13,500ft tomorrow, weather depending. Guides and climbers are exicted to be off the night travel schedule. 

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 3 (May 22 - June 11, 2022) Dispatch 4

Guides:

Tad McCrea

Justin Votos

Tracy Lenard


Climbers:

Rajesh Nair

Richard Caton

Arne Vatnhamar

Matt May

Jim Heath

Alvin Loi

Jonathan Deffenbaugh

Shane Rowe


Team 3 takes a weather day as high winds and clouds on the lower glacier significantly decrease visibility. The Team is traveling on a night schedule (in colder temperatures) on the lower mountain to decrease crevasse danger. They hope to move to Camp 2 (11,200ft) today. 

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 1 (May 8 - May 28, 2022) Final Dispatch

Guides:

Ian McEleney

Calvin Morris

Mallorie Estenson

Climbers:

Akbar Khan

Kunnar Karu

Mateusz Skora

Todd Shogan

David Mortenson

Chris Draper

Jayson Funnell

Adrian Nicholls


Team 1 returns to Talkeetna and concludes a successful expedition. 

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 2 (May 15 - June 4, 2022) Dispatch 12

Guides:

Andy Stephen

Kevin McGarity

Gloria Roe

Climbers:

Alex Beresford

Tom Cleary

Dave Chant

Bryan Clarke

Keith Mallon

Craig O'Leary

Johnny Ward


Team 2 remains at 14,200ft waiting out the extremely cold temperatures and high winds on the upper mountain.