M Classic Denali: Climbing America's Highest Peak (Part 2, Gear Notes)
by Richard McDrew & Dennis Swanson
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Article Summary:Rich McDrew and Dennis Swanson were recipients of a Backpacking Light Magazine Adventure Grant. Their grant award was based on some state of the art mountaineering and snow travel gear - including Ushba Altai Titanium Ice Axes, Northern Lites Snowshoes (on Denali? You bet!), and more. Rich and Dennis are no spring chickens - in their 60s, they were thrilled to share their success with us to the top of North America's highest peak during a foul weather window that saw few successful summits among scores of attempts. Part 1: Summit Day Narrative, offers some insight into the minds of a couple of aging regular guys hell bent on reaching the summit of Denali. Part 2: Gear Notes, offers some insightful commentary on the logic of balancing weight with safety when selecting gear for a Denali expedition.
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