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A group of five comrades seek to traverse the Alaska Range by human power, gaining Denali's summit, the tallest point on the continent.
A group of five comrades seek to traverse the Alaska Range by human power, gaining Denali's summit, the tallest point on the continent.
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Carving by Dasan Marshall (See Rewards)
Carving by Dasan Marshall (See Rewards)
Killian and Ed on Taylor Pass, the backyard
Killian and Ed on Taylor Pass, the backyard

This trip started as a dream, exposed to the surface from years of inspiration and rejuvenation sourced from wilderness trips, particularly climbing and skiing in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. A group of five close friends and fellow adventurers are planning the most epic wilderness trip of their lives. It involves making a human powered traverse of the Alaska Range, from the north entrance of Denali National Park, all the way south to the small mountain town of Talkeetna: a distance of about 200 miles. For us, this includes reaching the tallest point in North America, Denali, at 20,320 feet elevation. 

       We plan to start by walking from the park entrance to Wonder Lake, ski touring/trekking to and up the Muldrow Glacier, via Karsten’s Ridge to Denali Pass (following the route of the mountain’s first ascent), climb to the summit, descend the West Buttress, out the Kahiltna, Pika, and Granite Glaciers to the Peters Hills, and trekking/packrafting out to Talkeetna, through the expanses of boreal forest, tundra, and braided rivers. Each of us have five weeks of time planned in May and early June, and thousands of dollars of gear and equipment invested for this trip from years of going onto the mountains. The kickstarter will help with food and flight logistics. We are doing this because we believe this could unlock some of the most inspirational, challenging, rewarding, and unifying experiences of our lives. For each of us, as guides and outdoor educators, as well as students of environmental studies, outdoor studies, and psychology, these sorts of wilderness trips renew our spirits so we can continue to fully pursue our passions in getting people into the great outdoors and closer to recognizing their potential in life. 

Nikolai and Dasan, lookin' like brothers
Nikolai and Dasan, lookin' like brothers

        And so we reach out to you – our greater communities: family, mentors, friends, and connections throughout the years of each of our lives. Anything helps us on this journey, from advice to dehydrated foods to money, if you have it – each dollar brings us higher up the mountain and closer to reaching our goal and dream of Denali and beyond. The sum of money would go towards our food and cargo flight logistics. Anything overflowing would go towards miscellaneous gear, maps, etc., few random items still required for the journey. We thank you for your time and consideration towards this quest of fulfilling and becoming. 

       Feel free to share our page, email us at ksump@alaskapacific.edu, or send us coffee (anything) at 4101 University Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508. Bless yourself up massive, respect to all. 

 - Killian Sump - Nikolai Windahl - Edward Moore - Dasan Marshall - Conor Roland 

Nikolai and Killian in moving meditation
Nikolai and Killian in moving meditation
Ed on the Knife Edge
Ed on the Knife Edge
Dasan up on Ptarmagain
Dasan up on Ptarmagain
Conor Ripping the Cascades
Conor Ripping the Cascades
Summit Turns!
Summit Turns!
We are floating out of the Alaska Range to complete the journey!
We are floating out of the Alaska Range to complete the journey!

Risks and challenges

Traversing Denali will require extensive glacier travel through avalanche terrain in a very remote setting to high altitude. What qualifies our expedition to mitigate these risks are varied experiences. Last season we traveled the full extent of the Kahiltna Glacier and spent 3 weeks at the Kahiltna Basecamp climbing several routes, and peaks. Our other adventures have taken us to the glaciers and peaks of the Chugach, Cascades, and the volcanos of Ecuador. We possess certifications in WFR (wilderness first responder), Avalanche 2 education, and crevasse rescue, and rope skills. Camera work will be done through GoPros and solar panels and could be a challenge with weather and altitude.

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