Ascent of Denali on 2016-05-31

Climber: Petro Ksondzyk

Others in Party:Yura Kostiukevyck
Oleksandr Shepitko
Date:Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:20310 ft / 6190 m

Ascent Trip Report

Myself and two my friends decided to climb Denali this year. We were thinking about it for a long time, but only this year we got time, money, team, etc...
There were only three of us. Myself and Yura are based in Seattle and Oleksandr (Yetti) lives in Ukraine. We all left Seattle on Friday May 20th. The original plan was to spend 15-19 days on the mountain with enough time for the weather. We arrived to Talkeetna on May 21st and were hold off by the weather until May 23rd because of the bad weather. We took off the airstrip at 10:30 am and headed to the Kahiltna base camp.

05/23/2016 - Day 1: Arrive to the base camp, repack, get fuel and get ready to head out. Arrive to the Camp 1 at 7700' around 7 pm. Two of us headed out to drop of the cache at 9000+' the same day while the third person was cooking dinner.
05/24/2016 - Day 2: Move the camp to the Camp 2 at 11200' (The base of the Motorcycle Hill).
05/25/2016 - Day 3: Pick-up the cache from Day 1 and return to the camp.
05/26/2016 - Day 4: Cache supplies at 13300' past Windy Corner.
05/27/2016 - Day 5: Move the camp to the Basin Camp and pick-up cache at 13300' on the way up.
05/28/2016 - Day 6: Rest day at the Basin Camp.
05/29/2016 - Day 7: Cache 3 days worth of food and fuel at the top of fixed lines (16500').
05/30/2016 - Day 8: Move camp to the high camp at 17000'.
05/31/2016 - Day 9: Summit day! Stay at high camp for the night.
06/01/2016 - Day 10: Move all the way down to the base camp airport picking up all the cache on the way back ( a looong day!!!)
06/02/2016 - Day 11: Bad weather, cannot fly out.
06/03/2016 - Day 12: Dab weather, no hopes, and then all of a sudden a clearance and we left the base camp sometime after 8 pm.

We celebrated the summit in Talkeetna until 5 in the morning with the other teams of climbers and headed back home the next day. Despite the delays in the base camp and before the climb, the weather was good to us and the mountain let us climb it in a very short time.

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The summit of Denali on May 31, 2016 (2016-05-31). Photo by Petro Ksondzyk.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:13280 ft / 4047 m
    Round-Trip Distance:32.6 mi / 52.5 km
    Route:West Buttress
    Trailhead:Kahiltna Base Camp  7030 ft / 2142 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Tent Camp
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:8 Days 4 Hours 54 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Days 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Petro Ksondzyk
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