Yes! I have done it! On Monday, 28 May, at around 16:00h I successfully summited Denali! I feel incredibly lucky and grateful that this dream finally came true.
As you know, I joined a commercial expedition, which started 12 May. After having one day delay for departure, because of bad wetter, we had a pretty smooth climb. This time I was very lucky having a team of excellent and strong climbers. I am very thankful for this.
Currently, I am still in Anchorage, Alaska. Tomorrow I will fly home.
Keep an eye on this website, and expect a full expedition report soon!
Here’s my final preparation update on Denali 2018. I am writing this blog from Keflavik Airport, Iceland, meaning I am already on my way to Alaska. My last couple of weeks were good and relaxed. I feel ready for the expedition, both physically and mentally. I haven’t done any high-intensity training anymore, but just did exercises I enjoy and feel good with. Mostly some running and cycling.
And, of course, spend valuable time with my family!
So, right now, I just can’t wait to get started. Traveling isn’t my favorite part of the trip, but so far things are going well!
If you want to follow my progress, please keep an eye on the Alpine Ascents Cybercast page. Hopefully, we are able to frequently post updates here. As I have no means to communicate with the outside world, this will be the only source of information.
One last thing I haven’t posted yet is part 2 of the Denali 2017 expedition. Enjoy, and prepare for the great stories coming up for this year’s expedition!
Finally, some real Denali 2017 footage! My Kiwi climbing partner Jon was kind enough to put together the films we made last year during our failed attempt to climb Denali. I must say, it brings back some memories!
Timing is excellent since this just what I need to get ready for this years Denali attempt. I’m leaving 10 May 2018!