In June 2022, one of the greatest Greek mountaineers of our times Panagiotis Kotronaros, and the Greek photographer and videographer Kornilios Sarantioglou joined forces to summit Denali Mountain in Alaska (6.190m Elevation).
Their goal was the creation of a unique documentary, unlike any other Greek production, which will inspire and challenge the idea of limits.
The story begun in the Greek mountains. Since then, they have faced extreme challenges and unexpected events, found a home away from home with the Anchorage Greek community and redefined success.
With extraordinary filmography, the documentary is currently under production.
Denali (also known as Mount McKinley, its former official name) is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 m) above sea level. With a topographic prominence of 20,156 feet (6,144 m) and a topographic isolation of 4,629 miles (7,450 km), Denali is the third most prominent and third most isolated peak on Earth, after Mount Everest and Aconcagua. Located in the Alaska Range in the interior of the U.S. state of Alaska, Denali is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.
The expedition kicked-off from Athens. A 20-something flight time took us to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city,
which is in the south-central part of the state on the Cook Inlet. It's known for its cultural sites, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which displays traditional crafts, stages dances, and presents replicas of dwellings
from the area’s indigenous groups. The city is the gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains
including the Chugach, Kenai and Talkeetna.
Talkeetna - Base Camp
Once in Talkeetna, the team took the glacier flight to Base Camp at 2194m on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. The elevation in Talkeetna is 358’ above sea level and the elevation of Base Camp is 7200 feet.
For the next weeks they slowly be gaining altitude, carrying our own full gear and focusing on acclimatization.
The timings and the summit day depended on the weather conditions.
Denali Summit, 6.190m
The final push to the summit takes between 18 and 22 hours, round-trip, and is the hardest day of the expedition.
But did what happened on summit day...?