Denali

  • Difficulty: 3 Scrambling on low angled terrain of a low technical nature, on snow or rock. Ropes may occasionally be used. Climbers do not need previous experience but do need an ability to move over rough ground. Short steep sections that will require a rope. Basic snow/ice/rock climbing. We recommend that climbers are familiar with ice axe and crampon techniques and/or basic rock climbing techniques although this can often be taught during the trip. Steep terrain that requires moderate level climbing skills on snow/ice/rock. Emphasis on good cramponing skills. Will need experience with rope techniques including rappelling/abseiling and snow camping techniques. Extensive steep terrain. Climber to be capable of following multi pitch climbs and have rope management skills, belay techniques, climbing calls, rappelling/abseiling skills and alpine bivouac and snow camping techniques. Extreme terrain. Climber will have extensive experience on rock or ice and a complete understanding of anchors and protection techniques and a high degree of comfort following longer difficult sections of ice and/or rock in alpine gear with a pack.

    Fitness: D A level of fitness sufficient to carry a light pack (10kg/22lb) and be capable of moving for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Training would include regular walking on hills and gym work to develop strength: light running, swimming and biking. Defined as one who exercises regularly although not necessarily to a really high level, capable of carrying a pack weighing 18kg/40lb for several hours. Regular cardiovascular exercise (3-4 times a week gym/bike/stairs) and include pack carrying on rough ground once a week. A high standard of fitness. Capable of climbing with a heavy pack (25kg/55lb) for extended periods in mountain conditions. High level of training specific to climbing that would include heavy pack carrying over rough terrain and other preparation such as regular gym/pool/bike training. Excellent level of fitness from participants who would have an ongoing commitment to training and maintaining fitness specific to climbing. Expect long days in extreme conditions. Preparation would include heavy pack carrying, specific conditioning through rock and/or ice climbing and habitual cardio vascular exercise.

    Duration

    21 Days

    Elevation

    6,190m / 20,310ft

 Guide Erik Johnson leads a group up Motorcycle Hill on Denali's West Buttress.  © Matthew Anderson
  • North America’s highest peak and one of the Seven Summits
  • Veteran Denali guides
  • Excellent high-altitude training in a spectacular environment


Denali, previously also known as Mt McKinley, means 'the high one' in the local Koyukon language, and is situated in the Alaska Range 390 miles (627k) from the Arctic Circle. Being the highest mountain on the North American continent, it is one of the much sought after "Seven Summits".

We offer guided expeditions ascending the West Buttress route of this spectacular mountain at both a 1:3 guide to client ratio, and a 1:2 'highly supported' ratio.

Our North American based guides have extensive guiding experience on Denali and other high peaks around the world, making this an ideal expedition for those wishing to learn the essentials of high altitude mountaineering with the assurance of qualified leadership. We also offer a Denali Prep Course for those wishing to hone their skills before taking on the expedition.

An ascent of Denali is a challenging, yet incredibly rewarding experience. 

Why AC?

Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success. 

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“AC provided a great experience, which I would not hesitate in recommending to friends.  Based on my experience, AC's reputation as a premium guiding company is consistent with the high level of service they provide."

John Riley (Australia), 2016

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