Gurkhas from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) have reached the summit of North America’s highest mountain Mount Denali.
The ascent took the team 14 hours to the top of Mt Denali (6190m) where they braved temperatures as low as -40ºC.
The team reached the summit of Denali after a two-day summit push. Prior to this temperatures had dropped well below -60°C and stalled the party at the 4330m camp for two weeks.
Running out of supplies the team held out hope for a weather change, eventually summiting in perfect conditions after a gruelling 14 hour day. 23 days were spent on the mountain overall, without any external support.
The team have done immensely well to survive challenges including temperatures well below -40°C, persistent crevasse and rockfall hazards, and extreme exertion over long periods of time. All following a short 6-month build-up from Novice to competent mountaineer.
The team leader, Lt Oscar Goldfinger said; “After a 14 hour summit day, 11 of the 12 team members, including all the Gurkhas in the team stood on the highest point in North America. The lads did amazingly and I couldn’t be happier or more proud of them.”
The Officer Commanding B Company, 2RGR, Major Hugo Stanford-Tuck said; “I am just utterly thrilled for the guys. This team have worked unbelievably hard to achieve their goal and should be justifiably proud of what they’ve achieved. This goes to show that a Gurkha can do anything when he puts his mind to it.”