Conquering The Seven Summits
- 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).
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.