Gidi Gottleib called in from the site of our June 2nd team’s Camp 2 on their way up the West Buttress of Denali. Today was a fairly hard day, with a couple of big hills for the climbers to negotiate.
Despite the late night the day before, when the guides helped rescue a solo climber who fell 30-40 feet into a narrow, three-foot wide crevasse, the team awoke early and moved up the 1600′ high Ski Hill that rises to the north of their first camp. They followed the massive Kahiltna Glacier to its starting point just below a pass that separates Denali from a long righe that has many famous summits, such as Kahiltna Dome, and Mount Foraker. Kahiltna Passs sits at 10,350′ and can funnel inclement weather down the Kahiltna, so getting higher than the pass is an importans step in any West Buttress climb.