Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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


Voice dispatch from late last night. Team 1 hopes to move to Camp 3 (14,200ft) today. 

Monday, May 16, 2022

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

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 reaches Camp 1 (7,800ft). Will cache tomorrow at 10,000ft. 

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 1 (May 8 - May 28, 2022) Dispatch 9

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 takes a weather day and avoids chilling high winds above Windy Corner (13,500ft). They will continue to assess weather for the week and move to Camp 3 (14,200ft) when it allows. 

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

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 is striking out for Camp 1 (7,800ft) today. A long 5.5 mile walk on the glacier with heavy packs and sleds. 




Sunday, May 15, 2022

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

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 successfully places cache at 13,500ft above Windy Corner. The plan is for the team to move to Camp 3 (14,200ft) on Monday or Tuesday depending on weather conditions. 

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 2 (May 15 - June 4, 2022) Dispatch 1

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 is flying into Kahiltna Basecamp (7,200ft)! The team will likely stay the night in BC and then depart early tomorrow morning for Camp 1 (7,800ft). 




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

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 successfully retrieves cache from 10,000ft and returns Camp 2 (11,200ft). They will try to put their cache in at 13,500ft above Windy Corner today.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 1 (May 8 - May 28, 2022) Dispatch 7

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 successfully moves and reaches Camp 2 (11,200ft). They will retrieve their cache from 10,000ft today and then begin strategizing their move to Camp 3 (14,200ft)

Friday, May 13, 2022

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 1 (May 8 - May 28, 2022) Dispatch 6

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 forced to take a weather day. Planning to move to Camp 2 (11,200ft) today. 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 1 (May 8 - May 28, 2022) Dispatch 5

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 puts in their cache at 10,000ft below Camp 2 (11,200ft).


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 1 (May 8 - May 28, 2022) Dispatch 4

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 holds fast at Camp 1 (7,800ft) after strong gusty winds make traveling to Kahiltna Pass not practical. The team hopes to cache today (May 11th) so they can move to Camp 2 (11,200ft). 


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 1 (May 8 - May 28, 2022) Dispatch 3

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 successfully moves to Camp 1 (7,800ft). They prepare to cache at 10,000ft today. 

Monday, May 9, 2022

2022 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition - Team 1 (May 8 - May 28, 2022) Dispatch 2

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 prepares for the move to Camp 1 (7,800ft) this morning. 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

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

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 is flying into Kahiltna Basecamp! The team will quickly sort food and equipment and strike out for Camp 1 (7,800ft) weather and conditions depending.