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Gear for Climbing Denali
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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Gear for Climbing Denali on 12/16/2004 23:29:54 MST Print View

This thread is intended to provide a forum for discussion in combination with the following articles at

Classic Denali: Climbing America's Highest Peak (Part 1, Summit Day Narrative)

(M) Classic Denali: Climbing America's Highest Peak (Part 2, Gear Notes)

Denali's West Buttress Route is a supreme mountaineering challenge, and more than once has been the pinnacle of one's backpacking and climbing career.

Packing for a 3-week Denali expedition is no easy task, when you consider that (1) you must provide enough gear to be self-sufficent, and (2) you must plan for conditions that can range from over 90 degrees F on a parabolic glacial bowl at the lower camps to minus 30 degrees F - or colder - with astoundingly high winds above the highest camp en route to the summit.

Hopefully, the articles, and this forum thread, will provide a basis for ongoing discussion of gear and strategies for "going light" on a Denali climb.

- Ryan

Edited by ryan on 12/17/2004 00:08:39 MST.

Marcus Monk
(GaryMonk) - F
Age on 12/26/2004 16:02:01 MST Print View

As I approach the age wall I am encouraged by two men my age willing and able to tackle the hard challenges.

(sanderson) - F
Great Story! on 01/05/2005 21:30:30 MST Print View

Wow, what a great and inspiring story! I am curious about your food. Did you use store-bought dehydrated food, or homemade dehydrated food, or something else? Also, the pictures are great! What kind of camera was used?

Richard McDrew
(McDrew) - F
Response to Steve on 01/15/2005 20:40:49 MST Print View

We used primarily dehydrated food. Our favorite brand, and we have tried most of them, is Mountain House. The camera we used was a one-time use one by Kodak, and the great advantage is that it is light. One must be careful to protect it from the freezing conditions, otherwise it will become useless.

Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
gear list? on 05/23/2007 20:55:57 MDT Print View

Great story, and useful tips for any significant summit attempt. Is the gear list posted somewhere? I can not find it. Thanks.

(lamanite) - MLife

Locale: Pacific NW
Re: gear list? on 07/20/2007 20:42:23 MDT Print View

I too would love to see a gear list! I just did Rainier and Denali is my next lofty goal (when i get the money and vacation time).