In almost 50 years of guiding on Denali, we’ve tried a lot of gear. The following is a general list of gear we recommend for climbing the West Buttress. Clients of Mountain Trip should follow our Equipment List on MountainTrip.com.
Because many of the items on the list need to fit you well in order for you to fully enjoy your experience on the mountain, you should plan to have your gear early enough to try it on before you head out. Perched on a ledge at 15,000 feet on the West Buttress is not the place to discover that any one piece of gear does not work for you. Check out our Guide Tips for some practical advice on how to get the most out of your equipment on the mountain.
Recommended items reflect the opinions of our guides. We have used and have faith in all of our recommendations, but they may not necessarily fit or work for you. When you click a link from our Guides’ Pick selections, Mountain Trip might receive a small compensation for directing you towards the site of a trusted industry partner. So click away! 😉
We’ve found that there is often a good selection of gear available in Anchorage if you need to do some last-minute shopping, but it’s wise to plan ahead for things that you might need in a particular size, as local shops do not always have every item in stock. Lastly, only bring quality gear that is in very good condition on your expedition.
If you have any additional questions about your gear, feel free to contact us. A lot of us around the office are what you’d call “gear heads,” and there’s usually someone around that will be stoked to talk technical equipment with you.