Alaska's Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America, standing 20,320 feet above sea level. The highest point is the South Summit, and the North Summit stands at 19,470 feet. The first ascent was made by Walter Harper, Harry Karstens, Hudson Stuck and Robert Tatum in 1913 via the Muldrow Glacier route. Today, the majority of climbers ascend the West Buttress Route and take 2 to 4 weeks to complete the climb. On average, about half of climbers make it to the summit with fast-changing weather detering climbers from summit attempts.
The following gear list is approved by our partner Rainier Mountaineering Inc. for its guided climbs of Denali. See "Items Needed for Independent Climbs" at the bottom of this page for additional gear we recommend for independent climbs.