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July 4, 2011 – Slawinski and Lavigne Arrive In Denali

The Canadian team of Raphael Slawinski and Joshua Lavigne have arrived in Denali with the objective of bagging some routes in a committing single-push style.

The Canadian team of Raphael Slawinski and Joshua Lavigne have arrived in Denali with the objective of bagging some routes in a committing single-push style.

Writing in his blog, Slawinski says that, “the Alaska Range is uniquely suited to single-push climbing. Over the years people like Mugs Stump, Steve House, Marko Prezelj and many others have shown that any route in the range, no matter how big, can be done with a daypack, a stove, and a willingness to push one’s body and mind beyond preconceived limits.”

In preparation for some of these more challenging climbs, Slawinski and Lavigne are spending some time acclimatising to the altitude with a speedy ascent of the west Buttress. More details here.