The Belly of the Beast: The west face of Denali, viewed from about 13,700 feet. The large camp at 14,000 feet is just out of sight, on top of the plateau that cuts across the middle of this photo. From this point you can see the West Buttress (ascend to the top of the Buttress via a slope & couloir just left of center), the Messner Couloir (just left of the large expanse of rock at center) and the Orient Express (right of center) on the west face of Denali. High camps on the West Rib are in the center of the skyline on the right, and the West Rib ascends the upper slopes of the Orient Express. The fuzz on top of the mountain is a giant cloud of wind blown snow, which suggests that it would be a really, really bad idea to go for the summit on this day.