I just got in town. Thank you for responding. What dates are you planning on for spring of 06? According to my information, the best chances for success starts from May through July. I have not yet set my dates but, I am thinking of mid-June to July of 06. I will know for sure by Jan 06.
Here is what my system is set on- On my last climb to Rainier (Aug 05) on day one I averaged 6K feet elevation gain (80%) over Glacier with 50 LB pack in 6 hours. I am very comfortable with this speed. My goals are for the team to summit Denali and descent back to base safely.
Denali climbing system is set as follows: We fly in by air taxi on the Kahiltna Glacier (7,200’) from there we begin the climb via the West Buttress route (base camp can be setup there) I plan on 17-18 days round trip from base camp, but four days are planned for inclement weather. My plans are to establish 3-4 camps 11,K 14,K and 17,K and possibly 19K plan to make double carry between camps except high camp, to insure proper acclimatization and reduce loads to a manageable weight.
If you are still interested we can talk some more. Thanks.