I’m in the early stages of organising a trip to Denali next summer and am hoping to speak with some of the more experienced members in the club. It will be my first time to a serious mountain, by that I mean serious weather and cold conditions over an extended period of time at altitude. To date my experience has been a few PD routes in Peru up to 5800m, two Scottish Winter trips to the Cairn Gorms and North Face of the Ben, and a trip to the Alps with an ascent on Mont Blanc via Trois Monts. All I know are very different to Denali and it’s a much more serious undertaking.
The idea is a small 2-4 man independent expedition, planning for about 3 weeks on the mountain, allowing some contingency in the schedule for inevitable bad weather.
I’ve been researching for the past few months and am still in the information gathering phase, the next step of which is to hopefully speak with as many people as possible who have been there or who have organised similar expeditions in the past.
At the moment, I’m keeping an open mind about everything and receptive to all forms of advice.
I look forward to hearing from you all.