Farewell from Denali

19 May 2017     I would like to thank Mohamed and Haytham for all of their hard work on and off the mountain. Both of them put in countless hours of intense training in order to be physically and mentally ready for the challenges of climbing Denali. Sometimes things happen in the hills and we can’t…

A final note : Haytham

13 May 2017, 4:09 pm Alaska Time, 30,000 ft over Alaska flying home. A final note: When I began to plan this expedition 18 months ago I did so with a mind set of wanting to accomplish something big in my fortieth year, the mountain and the summit were my goal and as a hope…

Back at Base Camp – Haytham

11 May 2017, 11:47 pm Alaska Time, Base Camp, 7,200 ft. We are back at Base Camp. Three days ago Mohamed had developed sever stomach irritation which ultimately turned out to be a gastro-intestinal bleed. While the bleed had gotten better and stopped over the course of the last three days, under the recommendation of…

Haytham’s reflections.. continued

8 May 2017 Part 2, 8:02 pm Alaska Time, Camp 3, 4,330m/14,200ft. Now that we are at “14 Camp” we can start strategizing about the summit. Tomorrow we will be tackling the most technical section of the climb which is known as the Headwall. This is an 800 vertical foot section that runs at an…

Haytham’s reflections..May 8

8 May 2017 Part 1, 8:02 pm Alaska Time, Camp 3, 4,330m/14,200ft. Yesterday was an epic day, we broke camp at 3,400m/11,200ft and moved everything past our cache and established a new camp at 4,330m/14,200 ft. It was tough going specifically because now altitude becomes a major factor. Once we arrived at 4,330m/14,200ft we had…

Haytham’s reflections..

Here are a few words from Haytham on yesterday’s move: 7 May 2017, 7:00 pm Alaska Time, Camp 2, 3,400m/11,200 ft. We had a big day today, we started up Motorcycle Hill again, collected our cache at the top of the hill and moved it to a new cache point at 4,270m/14,000 ft, then came…

Denali – Team Zahid Moves To Camp 3

Our guide Jesse Wright called in from 14,200 feet (4328 m), the site of their Camp 3.  This is a camp at which they will spend a number of nights, so it is often viewed as the “Advanced Base Camp” on the West Buttress route. The team departed Camp 2 at around noon, climbing up…

Denali Team Zahid – Carried Supplies to 13,500′ (4114 m)

Lead Guide Eli Potter called in after a dinner of chicken sandwiches from the Zahid brothers’ camp for the past few nights at 11,200′ (3414 m).  Today, they climbed back up to grab the cache they dropped a bit short of their intended cache site yesterday. High winds and firm conditions made them stop below…

Denali – Team Zahid Carries Supplies Above Camp 2

Our guide Jesse Wright called in from the basin camp at 11,200′ (3413 m) today with an update on the Zahid brothers’ team.  It has been very cold of late and the snow conditions above Camp 2 range from firm to hard ice. The team carried up a long, moderately steep hill that rises immediately…

Cache is in at Motorcycle Hill

Well thankfully the winds died down a bit late this morning and we decided to make the move to the top of Motorcycle Hill and placed our cache. It wasn’t our ideal spot (Windy Corner) but it feels good to have it a thousand feet above us and we will go to sleep tonight knowing…

High winds above Camp 2 – Haytham

Currently the winds above Camp 2 are too strong for us to attempt our plans for caching at Windy Corner. We are currently hydrating and relaxing in the comfort of Camp 2. Some words from Haytham: 6 May 2017, 11:30 am Alaska, Camp 2, 11,200 ft. It’s a beautiful sunny day outside and we were…