North America, United States, Alaska, Denali National Park and Preserve, Denali, Isis Face and Slovak Route, Enchainment

Publication Year: 2009.

Denali, Isis Face and Slovak Route, enchainment. After warming-up with a difficult new route on the northeast face of the Bear Tooth (report below) and a rapid free attempt of Mt. Hunter’s Moonflower Buttress (retreat above the Bibler Come Again Exit, at the base of the fourth ice band), from May 11-18 Japanese “Giri-Giri Boys” Katsutaka Yokoyama, Yusuke Sato, and Fumi- taka Ichimura made a historic enchainment on Denali. They began their awesome effort by climbing the 7,200' Isis Face on the south buttress. They descended the Ramp Route into the East Fork of the Kahiltna and, without re-supply, climbed the 9,000' Slovak Direct, perhaps the most difficult route on Denali. After summiting, they descended the West Buttress. See Yokoya- ma’s feature article earlier in this Journal.