Routes to сlimb Denali
There 3 main routes to the top of Denali.
In 90% of cases, people who come to Denali choose a route called West Buttress. This route is considered the least difficult of all existing routes on Denali, and importantly, it facilitates the organization of any rescue operations than on all others.
For those who fancy something a little more challenging there's the West Rib. It is a step up in technical difficulty from the West Buttress, with some sustained climbing, without being beyond the abilities of ordinary amateur climbers. Like the West Buttress it is accessed by air from the Kahiltna Glacier, and diverges from the West Buttress Route at the foot of Ski Hill, where it takes the Northeast Fork of the glacier.
Long regarded as Denali's classic line, the Cassin Ridge is a bit more hardcore. It contains 2400m of sustained climbing at high altitude. With the risk of Arctic storms ever present and no escape routes, it's one for only the very best. Like the West Rib it is accessed from the south side up the Valley of Death, and climbs Denali's south face parallel to the rib a little to the east.