Denali previously called Mount McKinley is 6190meters high. It is is the highest mountain peak in North America. With a topographic prominence of 6,144 meters and a topographic isolation of 7,450 km, Denali is the third most prominent and third most isolated peak on Earth, after Mount Everest and Aconcagua.
Denali is located in the Denali National Park and Preserve of the Alaska Range in the interior of the U.S. state of Alaska.
The West Buttress route, considered to be the safest and easiest route, and therefore the most popular currently in use.
The West Buttress route is very demanding, although it is not technical. Indeed, it does not include rock climbing nor vertical ice climbing. But the conditions will be extreme: the expedition is long, there are steep climbing sections, the terrain is glaciated, the altitude is an important factor.
Denali was the first of my 7 summits. I trained very hard for it. I used to have intense cardio sessions and weightlifting training.
Also I used to go for long alpine hikes and climb glaciers in the Western Alps with a heavy backpack. Few days before my expedition start I had spent 9 days skying in high altitude in Chamonix in France. I felt, that this acclimatisation helped me a lot for my Denali expedition. I was able to acclimatise very well.
I climbed Denali from the West Buttress route. My trip started by flying to Anchorage Middle of May…..