Type: Snow, Alpine, 13100 ft (3970 m)
FA: Wasburn, Hackett, Gale, Buchtel, Ambler, Griffiths, More & Bishop on July 10, 13 & 14 1951
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Shared By: R Squared on Apr 29, 2007 · Updates
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The West Buttress is often considered the a long and steady climb to the top of Denali. It is the easiest route to the top but it can still kill you very quickly. The route has around 12,500 ft. of elevation gain. Weather can change in a heartbeat so come prepared for anything.


The route starts at 7,200 feet on the Kahiltna Glacier and climbs all the way to 20,320 feet. 14 miles long so come in shape and prepared.


There are fixed lines on the route so bring jumars. Ice axe, good winter tent, stove, fuel, food, motivation, patience, the proper clothing.