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But at times I wondered if I had not come a long way only to find that what I really sought was something I had left behind-Tom Hornbein
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If you have never been up Denali or have no extensive experience on major glaciated peaks, I recommend going guided. You can take some courses in Glacier travel and rescue which would help in getting you prepared for Denali, then maybe a trip up Rainer in winter would not hurt. As for the rest, just be prepared to work really hard when you are up there. Check out this link. I think the guys at AMS are top notch. I also hear that RMI is another great guiding company to consider. Continued training on the 14ers will definitely be helpful. Some people may not be aware of this, but Denali is actually one of the cheapest mountains in the world to climb guided.
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sandman wrote:Some people may not be aware of this, but Denali is actually one of the cheapest mountains in the world to climb guided.
I don't agree with this at all. There are tons of peaks in South America spread across Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru that can be guided for much cheaper rates. Orizaba, Ixta and other Mexican peaks are much cheaper. A trip up Kili can be done for less than what Denali costs. Moving to Asia, you can find numerous companies that will guide you up a variety of Himalayan peaks (non 8000 meter) for less than Denali and that doesn't get into Russia, the 'stans and I haven't even touched guiding rates in the Alps. Rainier? You can hire guides to lead you up the Maroon Bells - I certainly hope they aren't charging Denali rates for that otherwise I'm in the wrong business!
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sandman wrote:First off, chill dude. The tone of your reply "I don't agree with this at all" implies that I somehow am in a heated debate over this. I am not. If you will note the "one of" in my sentece, you can get the idea that Denali is one of others in the "cheapest" category. It certainly is one of the cheapest guided of the seven summits. Airfare to Africa is a lot more than it is to Alaska. This statement was really far from the point of this whole topic and now I regret making it thanks to you.
Sandman, you made an asinine comment, and he called you out on it. Deal with it. Denali is no where near "one of the cheapest mountains in the world to climb". 6 grand for the guide plus flights and gear makes Denali pushing $8 or $9k to go guided. There are hundreds of mountains in the world to climb guided that are cheaper than that.
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My trip did not cost 8 or 9 grand, but thanks for offering your opinion.
covfrrider wrote:Unfortunately, the OP won't be able to run out and buy the suggested books... maybe you guys could be so kind as to send him a copy...
You are right, the US will never allow these books to be sent outside her borders now will she?
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