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Ascent of Denali on 2015-06-15

Climber: Ken Curtis

Date:Monday, June 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Denali
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:20310 ft / 6190 m

Ascent Trip Report

05/28 - Fly into Base Camp (7,200) and climb to Camp 1 (7,800)
05/29 - Carry cache to 10,000 and return to Camp 1
05/30 - Move to Camp 3 (11,200)
05/31 - Retrieve cache at 10,000 and return to Camp 3
06/01 - Planned Rest Day
06/02 - Carry cache to Camp 4 (14,200)and return to Camp 3
06/03 - Weather Day (Heavy Snow)
06/04 - Weather Day (Heavy Snow & Wind)
06/05 - Weather Day (Snow)
06/06 - Moved to Camp 4
06/07 - Planned Rest Day
06/08 - Carry cache to 16,200 and return to Camp 4
06/09 - Planned Rest Day
06/10 - Weather Day (Snow)
06/11 - Weather Day (Snow & Wind)
06/12 - Weather Day (Wind)
06/13 - Weather Day (Wind)
06/14 - Move to Camp 5 (17,200)
06/15 - SUMMIT (20,320) and return to Camp 5
06/16 - Camp 5 to Camp 3
06/17 - Camp 3, to Base Camp, Fly off...

As stated on my home page, this trip was over seven years in the making and it did not disappoint. Our team had great members and the Guides at RMI are top notch.

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Ken on the Summit of Denali (2015-06-15). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:22310 ft / 6799 m
    Total Elevation Loss:22310 ft / 6799 m
    Round-Trip Distance:33 mi / 53.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Guide, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:21910 ft / 6678 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 13110 ft / 3996 m; Extra: 8800 ft / 2682m
    Loss on way in:8800 ft / 2682 m
    Distance:16.5 mi / 26.5 km
    Route:West Buttress
    Start Trailhead:Kahiltna Glacier Base Camp  7200 ft / 2194 m
    Time:18 Days 6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:13510 ft / 4117 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 13110 ft / 3996 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Gain on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:16.5 mi / 26.5 km
    Route:West Buttress
    End Trailhead:Kahiltna Glacier Base Camp  7200 ft / 2194 m
    Time:2 Days 



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