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Denali Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 20,320'
Location: 63.0724, -150.9467 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The tallest mountain in North America, Denali stands tall at 20,320 feet. It host a number of routes the most popular being the West Buttress and it is also home to the great Alaskan testpiece the Cassin Ridge. Weather can change on Denali in the blink of an eye so come prepared for everything.

Getting There 

You can fly to Mt. McKinley with a number of aviation services or make the long hike from Talkeetna

Climbing Season



Weather station 41.6 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Denali

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Denali:
West Buttress        Alpine, 12500'   
The West Rib        Alpine, 9200'   
Messner Couloir   AI2     Ice, Alpine, 5000'   
Cassin Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI4     Ice, Alpine, Grade V   
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Featured Route For Denali
Rock Climbing Photo: Messner to the left and the Orient Express and Upp...

Messner Couloir AI2  Alaska : Denali National Park : Denali
This enjoyable independent line makes a great alternative to the crowded West Buttress. Some consider this a variant to the West Butt, however, this line requires much more commitment. Trudge on up to camp 14-opolous and acclimate for a few days. The route climbs from 14K camp direct to the "football field" at 19K. The obvious hourglass shaped couloir is the route. I began by climbing toward the so called "West Rib Cutoff." This is the easy snow slope leading to the West Rib from 14K camp....[more]   Browse More Classics in Alaska

Photos of Denali Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The north side of Denali from near Wonder Lake.
The north side of Denali from near Wonder Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Denali from near Wonder Lake.
Denali from near Wonder Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: The view S from the summit
The view S from the summit
Rock Climbing Photo: View of the SW side of the peak from the West Butt...
BETA PHOTO: View of the SW side of the peak from the West Butt...
Rock Climbing Photo: ...As seen from Pk. 6000 on the Ruth...
...As seen from Pk. 6000 on the Ruth...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking back on ridge to summit. Foraker in backgr...
Looking back on ridge to summit. Foraker in backgr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Windy Corner
Windy Corner
Rock Climbing Photo: The Wickersham Wall, Denali
The Wickersham Wall, Denali
Rock Climbing Photo: Midnight over Denali...looking up the Muldrow
Midnight over Denali...looking up the Muldrow
Rock Climbing Photo: Denali from above Eielson Visitor Center.
Denali from above Eielson Visitor Center.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the Kahiltna towards ski hill and the...
BETA PHOTO: Looking down the Kahiltna towards ski hill and the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Denali as seen from Mt Hunter.  The sun/shade line...
BETA PHOTO: Denali as seen from Mt Hunter. The sun/shade line...
Rock Climbing Photo: Base camp
Base camp
Rock Climbing Photo: Denali's south side, from the Base Camp airstrip o...
Denali's south side, from the Base Camp airstrip o...
Rock Climbing Photo: The list of the folks who have died in Denali Nati...
The list of the folks who have died in Denali Nati...

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By Bill Bradley
Jun 8, 2016


Extreme endurance athlete & motivational speaker, Bill Bradley says, "Listen to the story of how I attempted to climb Mt. Denali for the second time and failed to make it to the summit.  Failing to accomplish something you've worked extremely hard for can be devastating, but I want to share with you the lessons I learned in my experience."

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