The Upper West Buttress: summit attempts are launched from High Camp or 17,200 foot camp, the windiest and coldest of the camps and the most exhausting to build. From here, it is 2.5 miles to the summit. (The white arrows indicate avalanche paths.)


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Upper West Buttress
Photo: Brad Washburn; reprinted with permission from Denali's West Buttress: A Climber's Guide by Colby Coombs.