Climbers Ross Jobson and Gerard Crum called in a very colorful and descriptive update on the Mountain Trip May 29 Denali team, who are looking at their final chance at the summit after 17 days on the West Buttress Route.
With another potentially nasty weather system moving in at high elevations, the team is on the fence about whether or not to make their summit bid today, June 16. Unless the guides are as certain as they can be weather is both appropriate to make an attempt and will hold long enough for the descent, the team will turn back from High Camp and head to Base Camp at 7,200′, 10,000′ vertical below their current position.
Pictured below is the route that climbers follow to the summit of Denali from High Camp. From 17,200′ to the 20,310′ summit and back down normally takes teams between 10 and 12 hours, with over 6,000′ of vertical loss and gain.
Whatever their decision, summit or not, the team hopes to be out of the range and back to civilization by Wednesday, June 21.
We would like to wish the best of luck and a big congratulations to the climbers, no matter how the next several days play out. Climbing to 17,200′ and enduring all of the extreme elements on Denali for several weeks is no easy endeaor. We will keep you all at home updated on the team’s decision.
Here’s Ross and Gerard: