Aug 23, 2004

klog - denali's west buttress - 8/22/04

steve's booklog (klog) entry - Denali's West Buttress - A Climber's Guide to Mt. McKinley's Classic Route by Colby Cooms

There are a couple of reasons why I read this book. First of all, i'm in the highpointer's club - and 49 highpoints doesn't cut it. whether or not that's a good enough reason for me to attempt the great one is not something i've decided yet - but i am thinking about it and if i do it, the west buttress route is the way i will go. but even if i never step foot on the kahiltna glacier this book has proved itself very useful because with all the books people have written and the online trip reports its helpful to really know how this route is set up - and thats where this book really shines. it will give you an amazing amount of background information as well as an awareness of the dangers of being high on mt. mckinley.