We are pleased to welcome the team members of our 6th Denali team of the 2015 climbing season. The team consists of climbers from points south—-Chile, to be exact. Climbing a big, cold mountain such as Denali entails a lot of preparation, as well as a healthy dose of trust in your partners. We really appreciate the trust these climbers have placed in us as partners in their upcoming experience. The guides have been busy packing food and the team equipment as well as reviewing skills, procedures and strategies for the expedition.
Let’s meet the team!
Carmen de Castro
And the Mountain Trip guides:
Scott Woolums, from Hood River, Oregon
Aaron Diamond, from Honesdale, Pennsylvania
and Maria Paz Ibarra “Pachi” Letelier from Chile
Later today the team will gather for a team meeting/equipment check in Anchorage. Following an overview of the expedition and a detailed discussion of the days to come, the climbers will double check their equipment and pack up lunch and snack items for the climb. The plan is to depart Anchorage early Wednesday morning for the two hour drive north to Talkeetna, where the team will check in with our air taxi service and participate in a mandatory National Park Service climber orientation. If the weather cooperates, the team will fly to the Kahiltna glacier tomorrow afternoon.
We will do our best to provide daily updates from the field, but please understand that on occasion, we will most likely miss a day or two. This can result from the team being busy and not having time to call in or from weather and terrain variables, either of which can make calling in from Denali a challenge.