South West Ridge – IV 5.8 60° snow/ice – 10,450ft / 3185m
This is potentially the best moderate mixed ridge in the entire Alaska Range. The south west ridge offers great climbing on quality granite in the heart of the Alaska Range, rewarding you with amazing views of Denali, Hunter, and Foraker. Frances is located above Denali base camp giving us perfect terrain for instruction and warm up climbs just out of camp. This is a classic trip giving you a taste of what the Alaska Range has to offer.
Mount Frances Itinerary:
The trip lasts 5 -7 days to allow for optimal weather and route conditions on the summit attempt.
Day 1: Meet in the early morning at AMS headquarters and sort person gear/pack for the flight. Fly and set up base camp.
Day 2 – 6: Climbing/Instruction/Weather days. The ascent of Mt. Frances is a long day climb. We use these days to prepare for the climb and or as weather days.
Day 7: Pack up and Fly out back to “civilization”, Talkeetna. Night at the world famous Fairview Inn.
Is this trip for me?
This trip is designed for climbers with some previous alpine climbing experience looking to take it to the next level in the Alaska wilderness. We will cover all skills necessary to camp, travel, and climb safely in the Alaska Range.
Upon registration we will send you a complete equipment list. We offer a full line of rental gear so you do not need to stress the cost of all the equipment, if you don’t already own it.
Price: contact us for custom pricing.
Dates: May – mid June
Trip Length: 5 – 7 days.
Skill Level: Able to climb 5.8 rock 60° ice
Guiding Ratio: 1:1 or 1:2
Included in Price:
- all guide fees and expenses.
- ski plane transportation to base camp.
- all food while out on the glacier.
- all group gear, ie tents, ropes, stoves,
Not Included in Price:
- personal climbing equipment/rental
- transportation to/from Talkeetna, AK
- meals and drinks while in Talkeetna.
- travel insurance