Denali Season Comes to a Close

What a wonderful season we have had on Denali!

This season we guided 12 teams to the top of North America, with each team reaching the summit despite challenging conditions and weather. This is a testament to our incredibly talented guide team and our strong Alaska logistics team, who’s careful preparation and decision-making make our trips run smoothly! Our final teams have returned home and operations has begun inventorying gear to stow in Talkeetna until next season. Thank you for following along and we cannot wait to update you when the first team of next year begins their expedition!

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Teams Hasta La Vista and Climb and Punishment back at Basecamp

Our final two Denali teams of the season returned to basecamp on Friday (7/5/24), concluding the climbing portion of 2 fantastic expeditions. The teams continue to rest and celebrate while waiting out weather for their return flight to Talkeetna. It has been a pleasure sharing these expeditions with you, thank you to friends and family for following along!

Team Climb and Punishment and Team Hasta La Vista are making their Descent!

The teams called in to report that after a couple of busy days descending from High Camp to Camp 14, they are continuing to work their way off the mountain and back to Talkeetna! Once they reach Base Camp, they will prepare for their flights off the glacier. Thanks for following along!

Team Hasta La Vista and Climb and Punishment Summit Denali!

Climb and Punishment prepares to push for the summit

Our expedition was a superb trip. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure. I cannot say enough good things about my guides. They were superb for twenty days of trial and tribulations. By the time my expedition was over I considered them both good friends.

Photo: Brad Washburn
Gear Check in the Alpine Ascents Hangar
Loading the plane at the Talkeetna airport
View from the plane on the way to Base Camp
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
View of fixed lines from 17K
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Victor McNeil
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Above Washburn's Thumb
Midnight on the summit ridge.
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