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Follow African adventurer Sibusiso Vilane as he climbs Alaska's 20,320-foot Mt. McKinley to complete his Seven Summits.
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Follow African adventurer Sibusiso Vilane as he climbs Alaska's 20,320-foot Mt. McKinley to complete his Seven Summits.

From June 1st to June 17th, I climbed McKinley's West Buttress with Swazi tribal member, former game ranger, now world adventurer Sibusiso Vilane, who I met on Denali last year. It was a great trip. We had a blast, working hard, laughing a ton, and summiting on June 13th. Stay tuned for Sibu's amazing story this autumn. Until then, enjoy. –Steve Howe



West Buttress in clearing storm.

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"I vait for kamera." Descent Russian Style.

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Sibu carrying around Windy Corner, 13,000 feet.

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Home sweet home at 14,000.

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Exposed climbing atop the West Butress, 16,000 feet.

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Sibu rounding Washburn's Thumb, 16,500.

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Frigid sunset at 17,200 feet.

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Climbing in full space suits. Zebra Rocks, 19,000 feet.

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Summit ridge, 20,000 feet.

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Sibusiso bags his 7th Summit. Friday, June 13th.

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Midnight stroll at 20 below, 17,200.

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Sibu at the Climber's Memorial in Talkeetna.

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