Wednesday, June 19, 2024

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 6 (June 14 - July 4) Dispatch 4

 Guides:


Andy Stephen


Mike Morris



Climbers:



Michael Quinsee



Team 6 was able to enjoy a rest day today at Camp 2 (11,000') today. They hope to move to Camp 3 (14,200') tomorrow.



Tuesday, June 18, 2024

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 6 (June 14 - July 4) Dispatch 3

Guides:


Andy Stephen


Mike Morris



Climbers:



Michael Quinsee



Team 6 made it to Camp 2 and was able to place a cache. They hope to make it to 14 Camp tomorrow!


Monday, June 17, 2024

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 5 (June 3 - June 23) Dispatch 14

Guides:


George Bieker


Ian Peterson


Andrew Krause



Climbers:



Claudia Rudolph


Mitchell Chiesl


Michele Merat 


Jona Amrhein 


Oliver Chamberlain 


Albert Cho


Dirk Borgwardt 


Micah Highwalking



Team 5 sent the following message today:

"After a restful morning we descended from 17 to 14 camp and are taking a night here before descending down to the airstrip."

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 6 (June 14 - July 4) Dispatch 2

Guides:


Andy Stephen


Mike Morris



Climbers:



Michael Quinsee



Team 6 is planning to move from Camp 1 to Camp 2 today.


2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 5 (June 3 - June 23) Dispatch 13

Guides:


George Bieker


Ian Peterson


Andrew Krause



Climbers:



Claudia Rudolph


Mitchell Chiesl


Michele Merat 


Jona Amrhein 


Oliver Chamberlain 


Albert Cho


Dirk Borgwardt 


Micah Highwalking



Team 5 has reached the summit of Denali! They made it back to High Camp and plan to rest before making their way back to basecamp.


Saturday, June 15, 2024

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 5 (June 3 - June 23) Dispatch 12

Guides:


George Bieker


Ian Peterson


Andrew Krause



Climbers:



Claudia Rudolph


Mitchell Chiesl


Michele Merat 


Jona Amrhein 


Oliver Chamberlain 


Albert Cho


Dirk Borgwardt 


Micah Highwalking



Team 5 made it to High Camp (17,200') today! They are resting for the rest of the day as they prepare to move to the summit. 

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 6 (June 14 - July 4) Dispatch 1

Guides:


Andy Stephen


Mike Morris



Climbers:



Michael Quinsee



Team 6 flew onto the Kahiltna glacier yesterday and crossed the lower glacier in the night. They are currently at Camp 1 as they prepare to place a cache tonight.


Friday, June 14, 2024

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 5 (June 3 - June 23) Dispatch 12

Guides:


George Bieker


Ian Peterson


Andrew Krause



Climbers:



Claudia Rudolph


Mitchell Chiesl


Michele Merat 


Jona Amrhein 


Oliver Chamberlain 


Albert Cho


Dirk Borgwardt 


Micah Highwalking



Team 5 reported in today with the following message: 

"Another rest day at 14 in preparation for us to move to 17 on Saturday. Looks like the high pressure is moving into the range and we have a window that we will move on the upper mountain. That's all for today."

Thursday, June 13, 2024

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 5 (June 3 - June 23) Dispatch 11

Guides:


George Bieker


Ian Peterson


Andrew Krause



Climbers:



Claudia Rudolph


Mitchell Chiesl


Michele Merat 


Jona Amrhein 


Oliver Chamberlain 


Albert Cho


Dirk Borgwardt 


Micah Highwalking



Team 5 enjoyed a rest day today at 14 Camp. They are hopeful that they will get an opportunity to make a summit attempt in the coming days.


2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 4 (May 27 - June 16) Dispatch 17

Guides:


Quino Gonzalez


Ross Erickson


Emily Cavanaugh



Climbers:



Scott Halterman


Cole Allen


Jeremy Suitor


Donal O'Keeffe


Scott Kendrix


Yoji Tsuchihashi



After spending 10 days at Camp 3, Team 4 has made it to High Camp (17,200')! They are excited to make a summit push in the coming days.


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 5 (June 3 - June 23) Dispatch 10

Guides:


George Bieker


Ian Peterson


Andrew Krause



Climbers:



Claudia Rudolph


Mitchell Chiesl


Michele Merat 


Jona Amrhein 


Oliver Chamberlain 


Albert Cho


Dirk Borgwardt 


Micah Highwalking



Team 5 was able to place a cache above the fixed lines today. They are staying at Camp 3 until a weather window opens up to move to High Camp.


2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 4 (May 27 - June 16) Dispatch 16

Guides:


Quino Gonzalez


Ross Erickson


Emily Cavanaugh



Climbers:



Scott Halterman


Cole Allen


Jeremy Suitor


Donal O'Keeffe


Scott Kendrix


Yoji Tsuchihashi



Team 4 enjoyed another day at Camp 3 today. Guide Emily Cavanaugh was able rejoin the group and they are preparing to move to high camp.


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 5 (June 3 - June 23) Dispatch 9

Guides:


George Bieker


Ian Peterson


Andrew Krause



Climbers:



Claudia Rudolph


Mitchell Chiesl


Michele Merat 


Jona Amrhein 


Oliver Chamberlain 


Albert Cho


Dirk Borgwardt 


Micah Highwalking



Team 5 woke up at Camp 3 today. They practiced some rope skills in preparation for placing a cache above the fixed line in the coming days. Listen in for a birthday shoutout!


Monday, June 10, 2024

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 5 (June 3 - June 23) Dispatch 8

Guides:


George Bieker


Ian Peterson


Andrew Krause



Climbers:



Claudia Rudolph


Mitchell Chiesl


Michele Merat 


Jona Amrhein 


Oliver Chamberlain 


Albert Cho


Dirk Borgwardt 


Micah Highwalking


Team 5 arrived at 14 Camp (14,200') today! They picked up their cache along the way and plan to take a rest day tomorrow.


2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 4 (May 27 - June 16) Dispatch 15

Guides:


Quino Gonzalez


Ross Erickson


Emily Cavanaugh



Climbers:



Scott Halterman


Cole Allen


Jeremy Suitor


Donal O'Keeffe


Scott Kendrix


Yoji Tsuchihashi


Team 4 stayed at Camp 3 today again. They are still waiting for favorable weather as they experience some wind and snow.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 4 (May 27 - June 16) Dispatch 14

Guides:


Quino Gonzalez


Ross Erickson


Emily Cavanaugh



Climbers:



Scott Halterman


Cole Allen


Jeremy Suitor


Donal O'Keeffe


Scott Kendrix


Yoji Tsuchihashi



Team 4 remained at 14 Camp today. They are hoping to move to High Camp tomorrow!


2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 5 (June 3 - June 23) Dispatch 7

Guides:


George Bieker


Ian Peterson


Andrew Krause



Climbers:



Claudia Rudolph


Mitchell Chiesl


Michele Merat 


Jona Amrhein 


Oliver Chamberlain 


Albert Cho


Dirk Borgwardt 


Micah Highwalking



Team 5 had poor service tonight but were able to send this message: 

"We cached at 13.5k. Plan is to move to 14 tomorrow if we can squeak the weather window"

Saturday, June 8, 2024

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 4 (May 27 - June 16) Dispatch 13

Guides:


Quino Gonzalez


Ross Erickson


Emily Cavanaugh



Climbers:



Scott Halterman


Cole Allen


Jeremy Suitor


Donal O'Keeffe


Scott Kendrix


Yoji Tsuchihashi



Due to some high winds, Team 4 stayed at Camp 3 today.

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 5 (June 3 - June 23) Dispatch 6

Guides:


George Bieker


Ian Peterson


Andrew Krause



Climbers:



Claudia Rudolph


Mitchell Chiesl


Michele Merat 


Jona Amrhein 


Oliver Chamberlain 


Albert Cho


Dirk Borgwardt 


Micah Highwalking



Team 5 retrieved their cache today and returned to Camp 2. They took some rest time in the afternoon and prepared to place a cache higher up the mountain tomorrow. 


Friday, June 7, 2024

2024 AAI Denali West Buttress Expedition Team 4 (May 27 - June 16) Dispatch 12

Guides:


Quino Gonzalez


Ross Erickson


Emily Cavanaugh



Climbers:



Scott Halterman


Cole Allen


Jeremy Suitor


Donal O'Keeffe


Scott Kendrix


Yoji Tsuchihashi



Team 4 spent another day at 14 Camp. They anticipate some high winds over the next couple days but are hoping for a weather window soon.