Video: Up Denali’s West Buttress Route

As climbing operations begin to wind down in the Himalaya, things are starting to heat up on Denali, where teams of other climbers are now starting to set their sights on that major peak. As the highest mountain in North America, Denali gets plenty of attention each year, as it serves as a good training ground for Everest and other big peaks.

In this video, we get a look at the most commonly used route on the mountain up the West Buttress. This is a tough, technical ascent, with weather always a concern. But, it is also a rewarding climb as well. Here’s what alpinists face on the way to the top.

Kraig Becker