Training & Preparation
Are you thinking about climbing Denali and not sure if you are ready? It’s an intimidating proposition, and rightly so. It’s a big arctic mountain, but with the right preparation it’s an attainable goal.
We realize it can be difficult to determine if you are ready to climb Denali, so we’ll try to give you some solid benchmarks and ideas of what you can do to set yourself up for success on a big climb. We are always happy to talk to you individually to help you develop a program and a plan to be ready. If you are willing to put in the work to prepare well, you will have a much more enjoyable experience when you do find yourself carrying a big backpack at high altitude, and you’ll have a much better chance of reaching the summit. One of the most rewarding aspects of guiding is working with climbers to develop long-term goals and a plan to achieve them. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to get the process started! There are no shortcuts, but the journey is incredibly rewarding, and you just might learn something about yourself along the way.
When we are talking to prospective climbers, we try to break the skill sets needed down into three categories and assess an individual climber’s readiness in each of these different categories.
- Mountaineering skills
- Expedition climbing and winter camping experience
- Fitness and strength