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Denali Expedition: Cifelli & Team Move to High Camp, 17,000ft, Ready for Summit Bid

Monday, June 24, 2024 - 12:05 am PT

We woke up this morning to a blue bird day and a quiet chill in the air. It was cold, crisp, windless; perfect weather for a trip up to high camp. People tend to think we stage our summit bid from high camp and, in a sense, we do, but the real waiting game happens at 14,000' Camp. It’s where you wait for the summit weather to align and today the door was wide open. We made our way up the headwall and the fixed lines for our second run and we were pros this time. Dialing in the techniques and tactics we learned on the previous run through. The heavier packs were noticeable on the legs and the heat of the day was noticeable on our dry throats but on we went. When we finally crested onto the namesake “ West Buttress” of the route. The sun gave way to cloud and the heat to snow. We got glimpses of the 360 views that this part of the route offers but never the full scene. On we pressed to the high camp of Denali at a height of 17,200 ft.

We set up shop, ate our meals, and are trying to recover for a summit push tomorrow morning. Tomorrow will be undoubtedly the hardest we’ve had on the mountain, and for many the hardest physical effort we’ve ever tried. The team can do it though. We’ve got this.

Wish us luck!!

RMI Guide Dominic Cifelli


Comments (10)

True grit.

Posted by: Brad on

Good luck tomorrow. May the weather cooperate!  Greetings from a lowly 0 feet.

Posted by: Erik on

You got this Thomas!
What a wonder to behold!

Posted by: Randy Goossen on

All the best everyone!!  . “. There’s roads and there’s roads and they call, can’t you you hear them? Roads of the heart and roads of the spirit, The best roads of all are the ones that aren’t certain….  Bruce Cockburn

Posted by: Marv Goossen on

Good luck tomorrow David! Keep your eye on the prize and stay safe!

Posted by: Steve and Debbie Franzen on

Onward and upward! Enjoy the view

Posted by: Paul and Valorie on

Final push, you can do it! Good luck Dad!

Posted by: Nick Reitz on

So excited!!! Rest easy- tomorrow is a big one!

Posted by: Cheryl goossen on

Can’t go wrong with an 80’s song lyric!

Posted by: Kim C on

‘Risin’ up, straight to the top
Had the guts, got the glory
Went the distance, now I’m not gonna stop…’

Posted by: Kim C on

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