The Mountain Trip lead guide Jacob Schmitz called in with an update on the June 26 Denali West Buttress Expedition, who yesterday took their second rest day at High Camp. The team has enjoyed the expansive views from 17,200′ over the Alaska Range, catching their breath and preparing mentally and physically for the long, strenuous push to the summit.
The tenacity of our last team on the mountain has certainly paid off! It turns out the team headed for the summit this morning at around 8:30 am Alaska Time! We wish them the best of luck, and we’ll do our best to keep friends and family updated on their progress. Remember, no news is good news, and teams often prioritize the mission to 20,310′ ahead of calling in and updating via satellite phone.
The team will likely be back to High Camp within 10 hours.