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Denali • Guided Ascent

West Buttress • Kahiltna Glacier

Details

Length:

22 days

Climbing Season:

Spring

Climbing Grade:

Cost

$7500

Climbing Grade: Advanced

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain above 8000 meters. Class 5.6 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Intermediate

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain at high altitude. Class 4 ice or 5.8 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Intermediate

This climb requires snow and ice climbing skills with proficiency on steep and icy terrain. Strong backpacking and excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Prior climbing experience is required. High altitude experience is beneficial.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Beginner

Prior climbing experience is beneficial. Basic snow and ice climbing skills are introduced during the program. Above average physical conditioning is requisite for this climb. No high altitude experience is required.

Climbing Grade: Beginner

No prior climbing experience is required. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Easy

No experience required.

Trekking Grade: Moderate

This trek requires 4-6 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 1000-2000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Strenuous

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and great physical conditioning are requisite.

If you have further questions about our climbing or trekking grades; or about your qualifications for a particular expedition, trek, climb or course, please contact us.

Join our 2017 Denali expedition. Dennis Broadwell will be leading our team up the West Buttress of Denali.

Seven Summits - Mountain GurusIn 2017, we’ll be returning to climb Denali. Dennis Broadwell owner and guide of Mountain Gurus. Mount McKinley or Denali “The High One” is one of the seven summits as well as the highest mountain in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,320 feet (6,168 m) above sea level. At some 18,000 feet, the base to peak rise is considered the largest of any mountain situated entirely above sea level. A Mount McKinley expedition is a serious undertaking and can take up to 22 days in Alaska. The climbing season on Denali is May and June when the weather is most ideal in the Alaska Range and the glaciers are still accessible. The weather can be extremely cold and frequent storms due occur.

Denali Expedition • West Buttress • 22 days

Mountain Gurus encourages you have previous climbing experience before attempting Mount McKinley. Although a guided expedition, self reliance in the mountains and being a committed, contributing team member are important attributes of a safe and successful expedition. Climbs recommended prior to Denali include the glaciated peaks of the Pacific Northwest such as Mt. Rainier or Mt Baker as well as a 6 day Expedition Mountaineering Course. It is also beneficial to have some high altitude experience on international expeditions such as Elbrus in Russia, Island Peak in Nepal, Cotopaxi in Ecuador, Orizba in Mexico, Peaks in Peru or Bolivia or Aconcagua in Argentina.

We advise you to call our office and speak with us directly. Contact us for information!

*MG operates Denali climbs through an authorized concessionaire.

Flight Schedule: USA – Anchorage (ANC)

Climb begins and ends in Talkeetna, Alaska

Transport and lodging to and from Talkeetna is not included.

Day 1 • Arrive Anchorage
Day 2 • Travel to Talkeetna and fly to Kahiltna Glacier
Day 3 • Move to Camp One • 7,800ft
Day 4 • Carry to Kahiltna Pass
Day 5 • Move to Camp Two • 11,200ft
Day 6 • Back-Carry Day
Day 7 • Carry to Windy Corner • 13,300ft
Day 8 • Move to Camp Three • 14,200ft
Day 9 • Back-Carry Day
Day 10 • Climb Headwall to the Ridge • 16,100ft
Day 11 • Rest Day
Day 12 • Move to High Camp • 17,200ft
Day 13 • Rest Day
Day 14 • Summit Day • 20,320ft
Days 16-17 • Descent
Days 18-21 • Contingency Days
Day 22 • Return to Anchorage


Itinerary Notes: Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Please request a detailed itinerary for a list of scheduled and non-scheduled meals.

Land Cost

Price per person: $7,500 (based on 6 or 9 climbers w/ American guides)*

*Subject to change for 2017


Deposit and Payments
$2000.00 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application.
Balance due 120 days prior to departure


Services included
Round trip flight to Kahiltna Glacier Base Camp
Professional mountain guide
All meals during on the mountain
All group equipment (including tents, stoves, pickets, ropes)


Services not included
Domestic Airfare
Denali NP fees ($365 mountaineering special use)
Transportation to Talkeetna
Meals and lodging in Anchorage and Talkeetna
Personal Gear
Supplemental snacks
All expenses incurred from early departure
Excess baggage charges
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Staff gratuities

Gear

A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Travel

International Programs • Denali

Program start time & location: begins and ends in Talkeetna, Alaska

Denali NP Mountaineering special use permit: $365 fee. Climbers attempting Denali must register at least 60 days prior to their start date. This 60-day pre-registration period allows mountaineering rangers to have direct contact with climbers before they arrive in Talkeetna.

Flight Travel Information: USA – Anchorage (ANC)

Meals and Food: All meals are provided as per meal schedule. (see itinerary for meal schedule)

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.