Conquering an Alaskan giant

Conquering an Alaskan giant

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Conquering an Alaskan giant

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Check out this rad story from the Sierra Sun on Squaw local Kip Garre. On May 21 I boarded a plane for Alaska, where I would meet Fred Marmsater, Courtney Phillips and Andrew McLean. If all went as planned we would have 19 days to climb and ski Mt. Foraker. Talketna is the stepping-off town for the Alaska Range and is where we had to convince bush pilot Paul Rodderick to fly us over the Sultana ridge on Foraker so we could see what our proposed route looked like. Paul was keen on a fly-by, and an hour and a half later we were standing on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna glacier staring at Mt. Foraker and the 4-mile ridge that connects it to Mt. Crosson. One reason Foraker sees such little traffic is its difficult ridge to Crosson that must be crossed to descend. Climbers could easily get stuck on the ridge for days if the pressure dropped and weather turned bad. Full Story Here

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