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The North Summit was reached by the Sourdough at the turn of the century in a one-day push, an incredible feat. Unfortunately for them, i t is slightly lower than the true (South) Summit. Denali, Alaska The treacherous Denali Pass, scene of numerous accidents. The descending traverse is somewhat delicate for tired climbers. Moreover some take only ski poles and therefore cannot self-arrest. Denali, Alaska The camp 17000, the The camp 17000 is quite exposed to the winds. Denali, Alaska Time to repack my summit gear. Denali, Alaska Yes, it all goes into a Lowe Cerro Torre II. Denali, Alaska An assortment of gitzmos. Denali, Alaska Joan Phelps, a blind woman from Anchorage summited a few hours after me, guided by her twin sons Marty and Mike. The most remarkable ascent ofthis year. Denali, Alaska The West Buttress is easy but very airy. You cannot travel it if there are high winds. Denali, Alaska Party of three on the West Buttress. Denali, Alaska Back to the 14300 camp, Evening falls on the 14300 camp. Denali, Alaska To the 11000 camp, where I retrieved my gear. Denali, Alaska The deserted 11000 camp. Denali, Alaska Traveling down with sleds. Denali, Alaska Traveling down with sleds. Denali, Alaska At begining June, there is no more night at these latitudes, just a very pure lingering light. Denali, Alaska My last vision of the mountain (through the East Fork of the Kahilna Glacier). Denali, Alaska Reaching the base camp right at sunrise, after 18 days. Denali, Alaska

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