Denali Climb - West Buttress

Technical skills

Moderate

Fitness level

High

Trip length
25 days
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Price starting from
$8,900
per person, excluding flights

Overview

Denali is North America’s highest mountain and one of its most impressive in terms of sheer mass, weather and climbing history. The classic West Buttress Route requires only intermediate technical climbing skills; but perseverance, intense physical exertion, teamwork and patient acclimatization are all necessary for this climb. Many climbers find this to be the most challenging thing they have done in the mountains. ...
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Denali is North America’s highest mountain and one of its most impressive in terms of sheer mass, weather and climbing history. The classic West Buttress Route requires only intermediate technical climbing skills; but perseverance, intense physical exertion, teamwork and patient acclimatization are all necessary for this climb. Many climbers find this to be the most challenging thing they have done in the mountains.
From the town of Talkeetna, we fly to the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier Basecamp situated between the spectacular peaks of Foraker and Hunter. From there the route is 'expedition style' - carrying high and sleeping low, in a series of four camps.This unforgettable climb has long been regarded as as a world-class expedition challenge, comparable to the Himalayan giants, and must of any high altitude climber.

Trip highlights

  • Walk in the footsteps of Bradford and Barbara Washburn, the West Buttress first-ascenionists, while climbing the same route
  • Boldly tick 'Wild Alaska' off of your bucket list
  • Land on a glacier in a ski plane in the remote mountains to begin your expedition
  • Climb on a mountain where the sun never really sets.
  • Celebrate your success listening to live music in the Fairview Pub with a host of other climbers from around the world.

Availability

Custom Adventure
Custom adventures are a great way to push your limits, pick your own route, and design a special itinerary
25 days
From $8,900/day/person

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from home
Day 2: Arrive in Talkeetna
Day 3: Meet at AMS for gear check and training
Day 4: Fly in to Kahiltna Base Camp
Day 5: Move to Camp 1
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Questions & Answers

Climbers need solid cramponing, general knowledge or glacier travel and crevasse rescue as well as knowledge of fixed line climbing, rope work, knots, and hitches. Experience climbing at altitude is a plus. If you don’t have these skills we can work with you to get you up to speed prior to the climbs. This isn’t the place to start your Seven Summits bid: instead climb smaller, less serious peaks first to work your way up to Denali.
In general, climbing packs on Denali are about as heavy as you will see anywhere. You will be climbing everything you need for 3 weeks in a cold and extreme environment on your back and in a sled. You will leave base camp with over 100lbs of gear which you will split up to double carry to camps up the mountain. You will then need to cary all of your equipment down and off the mountain in one go.
Yes, the mountain tents will be shared accommodations due to limited tent space and the weight of carrying extra tents.
Not Included:
Flights to and from Alaska
Transportation to and from Talkeetna
Hotels in Talkeetna or en route to Alaska
In town meals: All in town meals are your own responsibility
Personal gear: all personal climbing gear is the responsibility of the client
In the event of a rescue, evacuation, or early departure from the group, any rescue expenses incurred or excess expenses above and beyond our normal trip costs including transport, hotels, evacuation, flight changes, and gear shipping are the responsibility of the client.
Guide Tips (customary but optional)
Required trip insurance policy (for trip cancellation, interruption, rescue & evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)
Yes. Trip delay and cancellation, rescue, repatriation, medical insurance is mandatory for this program for your own benefit. We have seen too many times people need to cancel their trip either before or during the expedition for reasons such as injury, health, family and business matters. With such a long trip and so much at stake, climbers need to be prepared for contingencies.
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Trip length
25 days
choose your start date
Price starting from
$8,900
per person, excluding flights

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