2008 Climb of Denali's West Buttress (AK 2)

3D Route Diagrams of Denali

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Denali Sunsets

Snow Features at Denali's 17k Camp

Section 1 - KIA to 7,500' Camp

Sunset from 7,500 ft on the Kahiltna
It pays to be organized
The flight in
KIA Weather Board
Mark & John Heading Out
Mark & Foraker
Mt Crosson
The Endless Expanse of the Kahiltna
The 10,000 ft Rise of Mt Foraker
The Horizon of the Kahiltna Glacier
Mt Frances
Henry Keeping Cool on the Kahiltna
The Long Haul

Section 2 - 7,500' Camp to 9,500' Camp

Blown off course . . .
Hitching a ride
The Group on Ski Hill
High on the Kahiltna
Mark and John leading the way on Ski Hill
Kahiltna Dome seen from Ski Hill
Mt Hunter looming over the Kahiltna
Sunset over Kahiltna Dome

Section 3 - 9,500' Camp to 11,000' Camp

Mt Hunter from the Kahiltna at 9,800 ft
11k Camp and the West Buttress
Kahiltna Dome

Section 4 - 11,000' Camp to 14,000' Camp

Mt Hunter and the Kahiltna Peaks
Rush Hour on Motorcycle Hill
Gang at the Top of Motorcycle Hill
Squirrel Hill
The Polo Field and Windy Corner
Foraker in the Clouds
Foraker from Windy Corner
Windy Corner
The Polo Field Near Windy Corner
Looking down Squirrel Hill
Cornice Mania
Mt Foraker and Clouds
Surreal Light at 11k Camp
Panorama above 14k Camp

Section 5 - 14,000' Camp to 17,000' Camp

Hunter from the 14k Camp
Headwall of the West Buttress
Layout of the 14k Camp
The Fixed Lines on theWest Buttress
Mt Hunter and the Kahiltna Peaks seen from the 14k Camp
Looking Refreshed for the Next Cache
Mt Foraker at 14k
Retrieving the 16,200 ft Cache
Ascending the ridge of the West Buttress
Gridlock on the Washburn Thumb
Approaching 17,200'
Resting at 17k
Mt Hunter in the clouds
View of Foraker from the Mess Tent
14k Camp Igloo
14k Camp Snowman
Clear view from 14k
Ready to go to 17k
Sudden Whiteout
Ascending the West Buttress Above 16k
The Top of the Washburn Thumb
High in the Clouds
Catwalk on the West Buttress
Upper Ridge of the West Buttress
Climbers Silhouetted on the West Buttress
Climber On Top of the Washburn Thumb
Mt Hunter Emerging from a Sea of Clouds
West Buttress Panorama
West Rib Panorama

Section 6 - 17,000' Camp to Summit

Denali Pass Seen from My Tent
Clouds Spill Through Kahiltna Pass
Zak, Our Neighbor at 17k
What a View!
What a View!
Foraker and a Beam of Light
Windy Corner Pierced by Sunshine
Mt Hunter from 17k Camp
Accident Site on the Autobahn
Rush Hour on the Autobahn
The Autobahn, Near Denali Pass
Cool Rocks Above Denali Pass
The Joys of High Altitude
The Football Field and Pig Hill
Serac on Pig Hill
Serac on Pig Hill
Mt Huntington in the Clouds
Denali's Summit Ridge
Kahiltna Panorama from 17,200 ft
Panorama from Denali Pass
Denali Pass Panorama
Panorama Atop Pig Hill

Descent

Descending the Summit Ridge
Looking Down Denali's Summit Ridge
Victory Breakfast
Descending the West Buttress
Me and Foraker
Ice Debris on the Peters Glacier
Descending the Headwall to 14k
Drudgeries of Cooking
Gourmet Toasting
Mt Hunter and Crevasses
Cornices Above Motorcycle Hill
Descending through the Clouds
Kahiltna Peak
The Northeast Fork (a.k.a. Valley of Death)
Meltwater Pools in the Kahiltna Glacier
The Kahiltna Glacier
The Kahiltna Glacier
Strahan's Sweet Ride
Me in My Sweet Get-up
The West Buttress from 11k

Graphs & Miscellaneous

Topo Map of the West Buttress Route
Gear List
Food List
Costs
Ascent Profile
Ascent Rate
Temperatures recorded on Denali compared to SLC & Lake Tahoe January Averages.
Denali Temperatures compared to SLC summer and winter averages.
% Air Pressure vs. Elevation
Comparative Altitudes
World High Peaks

Denali Sunsets

Denali is truly a wondrous place to see the alpenglow of a sunset. On summer climbs, when the sun never fully sets, the sunset/sunrise can last for well over an hour, casting a wider variety of colors on the snow and ice than I've seen anywhere else. Perhaps some of this is due to the sun setting over the ocean combined with Denali's extreme height?

Sunsets from the 11,200 ft Camp

Kahiltna Pass & Mt Kapps
Foraker and Kahiltna
The West Buttress
Fiery Mt Kapps
Golden Mt Kapps
Mt Kapps & Kahiltna Pass
Rainbow Seracs at 11k Camp
Unreal Glow at Kahiltna Pass
Unreal Sunset on Foraker & Kahiltna Dome

Sunsets from the 14,200 ft Camp

Alpenglow on Mt Hunter from 14k Camp
Denali's Shadow on the Sky
Alpenglow on Denali from 14k Camp
Mt Hunter & Moon at Midnight
Alpenglow on Mt Foraker from 14k

Sunsets from the 17,200 ft Camp

Hunter & Foraker Alpenglow Panorama
17K Camp after Midnight
Mt Foraker Sunset at 17k

Snow Features at Denali's 17k Camp

Snow Still Life Photos

After weathering a day of high winds at the 17k camp on Denali as a high pressure system moved through on June 17, 2008, I noticed some excellent still-life photography opportunities. What follows is photographs taken of the snow walls and sculpted snow around the camp.

If you like these, you can see more snow photos from other trips in my Frozen Water album on SummitPost.

Snow Walls

Snow Forms

Snow Form
Snow Wall Interstices
Snow Wall Interstices
Snow Wall Interstices
Snow Wall Interstices
Snow Swirl

Snow Apex

Undulating Snow Crest
Sinuous Snow Crest
Snow Jewel
Feathered Wind Scouring
Snow "Comet"