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…

Denali Team Zahid – Back Carries From 10K

Eli Potter called in another detailed post that was unfortunately cut off toward the end. Satellite communication in mountainous areas is challenging, when those mountains are close to the Arctic Circle, it gets even tougher. At Camp 2, there is a 1200′ (356 m) glaciated ridge that blocks the view to the south, where the…

-27C at Camp 2

Hello from Camp 2 (11,200′)!! We had a tough day yesterday making the move to Camp 2 as the trail breaking was knee deep most of the way. It took us about 8 hours and the majority of it was done in a whiteout. Thankfully the skies cleared about an hour out from camp and…

Denali – Team Zahid Breaks Trail To Camp 2

A voice message from Eli :   Lead Guide Eli Potter called in from a really pretty Camp 2 at 11,200′ (3413 m) on the West Buttress route of Denali.  The team slept in a bit, due to cool temperatures and thick snow and fog, only leaving Camp 1 at about 11:00 in the morning. …

Denali Team Zahid Carries to 10,000 ft

Eli Potter called in another nice, detailed report this evening, after the team had a tough day pushing the route up the Kahiltna Glacier, through deep snow, to deposit their supplies at an elevation of about 10,000 feet (3048 m).  There have not been too many climbers on the West Buttress thus far and it…

Our first cache – a word from Mohammed

Good evening from the Kahiltna Glacier! We’ve had a great day today moving a load of gear up towards Kahiltna Pass and the team is currently tucking into the tents for a well deserved sleep. A few words from Mohamed on the day: “Today we set off to our cache point at 9,900 ft to…

Excitement at night

The team had a great day yesterday moving all of our gear from Basecamp to Camp 1 (7800′), under sunny skies with little wind. It took us about 5.5 hours to move around 7 miles with roughly 750 pounds of gear..so a job well done indeed! Yesterday was the biggest single carry day of the…

Denali – Team Zahid Moved To Camp 1

Lead Guide Eli Potter called in a nice post from Camp 1 at 7,800 feet (2377 m) at the juncture of the Kahiltna Glacier and the Northeast Fork of the Kahiltna.  The team worked hard today, carrying heavy packs and pulling laden sleds five miles (8 km) up the glacier.  They were graced with a…

Zahid Denali Team is at Base Camp!

Mountain Trip – Update (May 1st) Lead guide Eli Potter called from Denali Base Camp at 7,200′ (2200 m) on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier.  The team had planned to fly yesterday, the 30th of April, but the weather in the sleepy little town of Talkeetna was such that the team had to…