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North America, United States, Alaska, Denali National Park, Various Ascents

Various ascents. In June I was a climbing instructor with a Slovenian army expedition of eight members. It was an interesting experience, despite unstable weather and challenging conditions. The North Couloir on Hunter’s Mini Moonflower, the upper part of the West Rib to the summit of Denali (in seven hours, for acclimatization), the Cassin Ridge (22 hours to the summit; the last 15 hours in snowfall and strong winds), and a free, on-sight ascent (17 hours) of the Cobra Pillar on Mt. Barrill were the climbs where I was trying to have some fun. All members summited Denali, and two members skied from the summit.

On the Cassin Matej Bizjak and I started the climb with three young Slovenians (Matej Kladnik, Tine Cuder, and Rok Blagus), who decided to descend after about one-third of the route due to a strong snow storm. Kladnik returned about 10 days later to solo the route.

Marko Prezelj, Slovenia