We will be guiding Denali through Mountain Trip, an authorized concessionaire that has been guiding climbers up Denali for over 28 years, with an excellent safety and success record.
In 2004 they were the only company to reach the summit of Denali on every scheduled expedition! For climbers wishing to do a non technical, but physically challenging climb of Denali we offer the classical West Buttress, with a duration of between 16 and 21 days.
The West Buttress of Denali was pioneered by Bradford Washburn in 1950. Due to its relative ease of access in this modern age of Air Taxis, it has become the route of choice for most climbers. The route begins at 7,200 feet on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. It follows the Kahiltna north before ascending up onto the West Buttress proper. Though technically not very difficult, climbers will use a variety of mountaineering techniques to safely make their way around crevasses and up moderately steep terrain.
The route culminates on Summit Day with an incredible knife edged ridge to the highest point in North America.
Heavy packs and the thin air of altitude at such high latitudes can make the West Buttress a very physically challenging climb. Extreme winds, heavy snowfall and arctic cold all conspire to make any undertaking on Denali very serious. Experience counts on Denali and our guides have been on more expeditions on the mountain than most. If you are considering joining a guided party, ask your outfitter how many Denali trips your guide has been on. It makes a difference.