Enjoy these photos we had the chance to take this evening of Denali and the West Buttress route during a summit flight with our friends at Talkeetna Air Taxi with our awesome pilot Will Boardman.
It was a perfect evening for climbing with little to no wind and mild temperatures on the mountain at all elevations. We saw teams moving from from 7,200' to the summit, and in and out of each camp tonight as we flew over the route.
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|Denali's south ridge and west face and buttress higher elevations from about 15,000' - 20,310'|
|Kahiltna Glacier beweeten 7,600' and 9,800' feet. AMS teams currently in this area are:|
6/11 Old Men Jimpy Team: led by Adam Fabrikant and 6/12: led by Josh Hoeschen
|11,200' camp and route upward from camp and into camp: aprox. elevations shown: 10,800' - 12,300' |
AMS teams in this area are: 6/8: Led by Larry Holmgren
|Looking straight down on 14,200' camp.|
AMS teams camped here tonight are 6/1: led by Wes Bunch, 6/5: led by Rob Gowler, 6/6: Tyler Armstrong: led by Nate Emerson
|West Buttress Climbers on the fixed lines and part of the ridgeline to high camp. Elevations shown 15,200-16,500'|
AMS 6/5: led by Rob Gowler travelled here and along the ridge to the right today.
|17,200 high camp tonight, a few tents and climbers can be seen. |
AMS Team NSW-BTC Kodiak: led by Colby Coombs are camped here tonight and 6/5 Led by Rob Gowler carried here today.
Photos of NSW-BTC - Kodiak this evening very close to the top, about 30 minutes after this photo they stood on the top of North America tonight at about 6:00 pm. 20,310' way to go! AMS Guide, Colby Coombs reports they were the only team on the summit tonight: a rare treat.
|Summit ridge with AMS NSW- BTC Kodiak nearing the top, the top of this ridge, (where the first climber is) is nearly 20,000'|
|Closer up of the AMS NSW - BTC climbers tonight|
|Perspective on the terrain they are climbing as they near the top of North America 20,310'., they only have about 310' feet more to go in this photo.|