West Ridge – AK IV 5.8 AI3 – 14,570ft / 4441m.
The West Ridge of Mount Hunter is a truly unique alpine climbing adventure. A quintessential Alaskan corniced ridge climb. The First ascent was made by our hero Fred Becky envolving 6 miles of wild Alaska ridge climbing. The route is technically not that difficult and makes a perfect trip for someone who wants to stay away from the crowds of Denali’s West Buttress. The West Ridge is a true classic and deserves its status as one of Steck & Roper’s “50 Classic Climbs”.
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.
Weather and snow conditions will ultimately determine our progress on the mountain.
Day 1: 8:00 am meet for orientation, gear check, NPS registration, pack lunches, fixed lines, 3:30 pm fly to Base Camp, 7,200 feet
Day 2: Move to 7000 feet, Camp 1, at the base of the West Ridge.
Day 3: Move to 8,600 feet, Camp 2.
Day 4: Move to 10,200 feet, Camp 3.
Day 5: Move to 10,800 feet, Camp 4.
Day 6: Rest day/summit
Day 8: Summit attempt.
Day 9-12: Built in weather days
Day 13, 14: Return to BC, fly back to Talkeetna
Dates: Mid April – May
Trip Length: Trip Length: 14 days.
Able to climb 60° ice and snow.
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.
Contact us for pricing.
Guiding Ratio: 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, etc.
Not Included in Price:
– personal climbing equipment/rental.
– transportation to/from Talkeetna, AK.
– meals and drinks while in Talkeetna.
– travel insurance.