Conquering The Seven Summits

Denali, Highest point in North America

3. Denali

  • Situated in the Alaska/Yukon Range
  • Highest mountain in North America
  • First climbed by an American team in 1913
  • Around 100 deaths since records began
  • 45% of deaths due to injuries sustained from falls
  • Most climbers access base camp by flying in on a helicopter


Distance (base camp to summit): 18 miles.
Season: Late April to late June.
Estimated time to complete (days): 21 days.
Temperatures:  -20F to -40F at high camp (nighttime).
Altitude: 6,168m/20,237ft.
Summit GPS Waypoints: N 63.07’, W51.01’.
Required Gear: Down suit or down trousers and parka, 12-point crampons, ice axes(s), high-altitude gloves, down sleeping bag (rated to at least -20F), harness, belay device, ascender, ice screws, slings, carabiners, prusik cord, tent, rope.

Average Cost: $8,800
Difficulty: The West Buttress Route is not very technical but the difficulty lies in the often atrocious weather.

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