Camp is situated in Genet Basin, named for Ray Genet, who became Denali's first guide after participating in the harrowing first winter ascent of the mountain in January 1967. Every prospective Denali climber should read Art Davidson's account of that climb in his iconic book, "Minus 48 Degrees." But, and trust us on this one ... it's best read while NOT on Denali.
1) Arrive at 14,000'.
2) Back-carry your cache from Windy Corner.
3) Carry loads up the Headwall.
4) Rest/acclimatization day.
5) Upward and onward!
The barometric pressure at 14,000' on Denali is lower than the barometric pressure on a Colorado 14er. Your brain thinks it's higher than what you see on your map or GPS. If a big low pressure system rolls in from the Bering Sea, suddenly your brain might feel like it's at 17,000' and guess what? You could meet AMS.
We are HUGE fans of a dedicated kitchen tent. This can be a relatively lightweight pyramid tent like the Black Diamond Megamid or something more elaborate. Here we are using the fly of a Hilleberg Keron 4 Tent. We've dug a pit deep enough for standing, with benches along the sides, and a kitchen area at the far end tall enough to cook comfortably.
In this image, the NPS camp is the small cluster to the left of the larger camp.
During the peak of the climbing season, if weather has held up climbers, this camp can get pretty busy. Often, camps might share snow walls with neighbors. The more you work with your neighbors, the happier the neighborhood.