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Denali Expedition: Cifelli & Team Check in After Summit Day On Their Descent

Sunday, July 2, 2023

While it hasn’t been unlike Denali to act up at inopportune times. Today was a low blow. We descended from High Camp today under mostly clear skies and on top of tired legs. We were awarded new views from the West Buttress that were previously shrouded and the team descended fast and well.

At 14,000' Camp we took a good break and then kept the train going. Clouds were billowing, wind was picking up, and snow was falling as we passed Windy Corner, which once again held true to its name. A storm was coming. We’re in that storm right now, hoping for it to abate and to get off the mountain we’ve called home for the past 19 days.

We’re hopeful, but not too optimistic we’ll be able to walk to the airstrip tomorrow.

Wish us luck. 

RMI Guide Dominic Cifelli


Comments (2)

Wishing you luck with the weather and praying you’ll be walking to the airstrip tomorrow!!!  You are a brave and amazing team.  I can’t wait to read tomorrow’s post!  Love you, Alex!!!

Posted by: Kim on

I salute each and every one of you for your patience and determination on this climb that has been full of challenging weather. Stay safe. You’re in the home stretch!

Posted by: Doreen on

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