Moving high in warm, clear weather, the Pancoe team made good time climbing up the steep fixed lines and out along the ridge that leads to High Camp. Located at 17,200′ (5242m) on a small flat expanse atop the West Buttress, Denali’s High Camp is a challenging place. Climbers need to build stout walls from blocks of snow in order to protect their tents from the ferocious winds that can sweep across the mountain at this elevation.
The team did great today, climbing well, and getting camp set up in good time. They are feeling good and are planning to take a shot at the top, should tomorrow arrive with good weather. Wish them warm, windless thoughts!
Here’s Lead Guide Brian Muller –