Saturday, May 23, 2009
Buenos dias Weekend Warriors!
Well, the Alaska climbing season is in full swing around here these days so I thought it was about time I paid tribute to the incredible climbing that can be found in that beautiful land to the north. So prepare to be blown away by the grandeur of the Alaska Range with it's impressive glaciers, sheer rock faces and incredible summits.
The first video documents an ascent of the Moonflower Buttress (AK Grade VI, M7/WI6) on Mt. Hunter. The entire climb, from camp to camp, took 44 hours! It is a great mix of photos and short video clips of the remarkable climb.
The second video is a photo essay from Chris McNamara, the founder of SuperTopo. In it he documents some of classic big wall climbs in the Alaska Range. If you enjoy looking at incredible lines and breathtaking scenery then watch this video!!!
The final video showcases the summit of the "High One", Denali. It is actually shot by our former Alaska Program Coordinator and guide Coley Gentzel, who now happens to be a climbing ranger for Denali National Park. Quite a view from the top eh?
Posted by American Alpine Institute at 6:00 AM