Chantel Astorga and Anne Gilbert Chase made the first female ascent and probably the ninth ascent of the „Slovak Direct“ (5.9, X, M6, WI6+) on the south face of Denali (6190 m) in Alaska. After starting the climb on June 2, they reached the summit three days later. The route was opened in 1984 by the Slovaks Blažej Adam, Tono Križo and František Korl. Anne Gilbert Chase by Instagram: „Yesterday Chantel and I stepped off the Kahiltna glacier back into Talkeetna after almost a month off the grid. Smelling the warm summer air and putting on flip flops and cotton never felt so good. // From June 2-5 2018, C and I made the 9th overall (we think) and first female ascent of the Slovak direct on the South Face of Mount Denali completing a 2 year dream. It was an amazing and wild adventure that I can’t put into words at this time. It took everything we had and challenged our mental and physical strength many times over. What a beautiful mountain and a badass route! Thank you Blažej Adam, Tono Križo and František Korl for the vision in 1984.“ Photos: (c) Anne Gilbert Chase