The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Denali - West Buttress - Wed, May 9 2018

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The Basics:
Event Type:Mountaineering
Event Location: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, U.S.A.
Date(s) & Time:Wed, May 9 2018  8:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 1 2018 11:55:00 AM
Event Duration:Up to 4 weeks
Difficulty Rating:D5: Extremely Difficult
Event Leader(s): Serguei Okountsev
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


This is a self-propelled, unguided expedition to Denali (6,190 m), the highest mountain peak in North America.

Distance (return): 52km
Start elevation: 2,141m
Summit: 6,190m
Eleveation difference: 4,049m
Camps: 5
2 days per camp: one cache day + one moving day + N bad weather days + summit day = at least 12- 14 days to the summit.


Realistic success rate is ~25% for the guided trips, and much less for the independent expeditions. Simply running out of food because of being stuck in a 10 days storm or getting sick of the altitude/cold or combined of the above is not unheard of. So let's be modest with our ambitions, train hard before departure, hope the luck will be on our side and see how far we can get.

Required Items to Bring:

Equipment and Clothing (by NPS)

Recommended Items to Bring:
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This expedition is independent, there will be no guides; each climber must contribute to its safety, fun and success, in that order.

  • Formal mountaineering training.
  • Solid "Top Ten Technical Skills of The Modern Alpine Climber".
  • Have climbed with the expedition leader in the past.
  • Have successfully climbed peaks above 5,000m, unassisted (no guides, no pills).
  • Have climbed and camped at air temperatures below -20 C
  • Able to attend all expedition coordination events.

- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!

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