Italian Soloist Kicks Off 2010 Denali Season!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Today, K2 pilot Dan "the Man" cut fresh tracks on the untouched Kahiltna Glacier surface in a Cessna 185 wheel-ski plane. His passenger was Emmanuele Vellati, the first Denali mountaineer of the 2010 climbing season. Vellati will be spending the next month alone with 20,320 ft. of rock, ice, and snow. Solo climbing is rogue even during the summer months when the mountain is populated with about 1,100 to 1,200 climbers over a 4 month period. In the winter, with no National Park Service rangers, no base camp, and no teammates this 25 year old Italian will rely entirely on his own resources. Buona fortuna, Emmanuele, all of us at K2 Aviation wish you well!

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