So You’re Planning on Climbing Denali?
An expedition begins long before you tighten your boots and begin hiking up the trail. Whether you’ve grasped it or not, you are already in the thick of your Denali expedition and you have already made numerous decisions that will ultimately affect your experience in the Alaska Range. You have decided upon climbing Denali, you selected your route, you made a decision as to which guide service to use and you undoubtedly have much of your equipment already at hand. You are effectively already on route!
As you continue with this journey, you will find numerous occasions when you may not know exactly what is expected of you. Maybe you’ll not know exactly what kit to keep with you or pack up, where you should be at a given time, or who you should ask for guidance. Part of our job is to help minimize those occurrences, as each of those adds a level of stress to an already stressful pursuit climbing the highest mountain in North America.
While we reccomend reading the articles at strategic intervals before your climb, you can find all of our pre-trip installments conveniently archived together HERE, should you wish to bookmark them. You’re welcome to read them all at once, although we’ve found that it can be a lot of information to process in one sitting.
Hopefully, the following information will reduce some of the potential stresses of climbing Denali. We will share tips and secrets that we have learned over the years and we will try to help you understand what the various stages of the expedition will look like, so that you feel comfortable at each step of the way. Well, as comfortable as you can on a Denali climb, which are renowned for not being super comfortable!
As always, if you ever have a question about anything having to do with preparing for or climbing big, cold mountains, don’t hesitate to contact us. We want you to be ultimately prepared for this experience.
This page will help guide you through the process of registering for your Denali permit with the National Park Service and touch on some information relative to staying healthy on an expedition.