Skiing Denali via Messner Couloir

Skiing Denali (Mt. McKinley) via the Messner Couloir was one of the best days of my life and a better trip than I ever could have imagined!!!  We were on the mountain from May 30 to June 16, 2007.

Nora and I, ready for flight with Talkeetna Air Taxi . . . and psyched not to be spending a few days on a Talkeetna runway! Nora skiing above 11,200′ camp – the scenery really sucked!
All smiles on the trail 🙂
On vacation above Squirrel Hill . . . skiing back to 11-camp after a carry to 13,600′
Skiing back into camp . . .
Nora skiing above 14-camp . . . helluva way to acclimatize! Pic from the West Buttress below Washburn’s Thumb . . . we hiked to 18,500′ this day as an acclimatization, and turned around when the wind came up on the other side of Denali Pass.
Two days later on the West Rib . . . Nora taking off from the “notch camp” at 16,000′
Nick and Kremer preparing to drop into the Orient – 19,300′ . . . I was feeling the thin air!
Kremer in the Orient

Another shitty view of Foraker from 14-camp!
2 days later on 6/14/07, my skis and I summited! We journeyed down to the football field at 19,300′ to meet up with “ski camp” gathering at the top of the Messner Couloir
Has the Alaska Range ever seen such a beautiful day? Summit view.
“Ski camp” at the top of the Messner
Chris incoming . . .
Clark killing it!

Friday night descent of the Kahiltna – amazing night, amazing colors, amazing views (nice to see it since we ascended in a whiteout!), amazing way to end an amazing trip!
Sunrise view of Foraker from base camp
All smiles for a safe descent with the mountain in the background . . . real coffee only a plane flight away!
View of the mountain from the plane . . . so sad to be leaving!!!

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  1. Andy says:

    Holy shit, Kellie! That’s a great trip. Can’t wait to see/hear the rest of the report.

  2. divisadero says:

    Wow. Amazing pictures. Really inspiring stuff.

  3. Megs says:

    Love the pics Kellie. Still laughing about that Denali thing…dumb engineer. Hey, you have to tell me about that Google counter thing again, I want to get it! Fun hangin out the other night, hope the tooth’s alright!

  4. Amazing stuff Kellie,
    I just happened to find your blog and WOW!! such beautiful imagery and your smile looks amazing. you look so happy. I’m off to explore the Montana outback for a month. If it all doesn’t burn away. Happy trails and safe travels to you.
    cheers,
    chris

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