I chose to fly to Alaska for my second attempt at Denali rather than drive there as I had done on my first attempt at the mountain. For this climb I was extremely lucky to have world renowned mountain guide "Vernan Tejas" as lead guide for the expedition. It was like playing golf with Tiger woods as your partner. Our climb resulted in success and we summited on July 28th at about 6:30 p.m. I took my Canon 5D Mark III and 24-105 f/4.0 L lens on the mountain with me. Some of these images are now in the Denali section of the Alpine Ascents web site. You can view them at:
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Climbers have to travel 8 miles before even reaching the base of the mountain to begin the climb.The early glacier travel is arduous and, at times, sweaty.Lower camps on the glacier.Slogging along the lower glacier on way to low camps.Trudging along...and it was often hard slogging.Some areas were very flat, but it was still work to pull the sleds.An avalanche, seen in the area at right, buried a team of four Japanese climbers.A helicopter with a search team was called in to search for the climbers.The helicopter landed with a search crew and dog to look for the four buried climbers."Motorcycle Hill", just above 11,000 camp, on way to higher camps.The snow may look soft and inviting but crevasses lurked underneath at every step.Once we'd stowed the food we could carry the sleds down.Walking down was easier but still required coordination and effort.The snow was knee deep in places and it was tricky to keep from falling.Coming into camp...Climbing toward "Windy Corner"."Windy Corner" is in the background at right.Lots of crevasses to avoid on way to 14,500' camp.Climbing around "Windy Corner" and traversing around crevasses.A small outcropping at 14,500' camp that provided a very nice backdrop for an image.