Dreams DO Come True!
Mark Allen and Graham Zimmerman made the First Ascent of 4600-foot Alpine Big Wall in Alaska. These guys, in the eyes of AAI, are kind of a big deal and poster children for AAI. Mark Allen, now an IFMGA Guide, worked for AAI. He instructed Graham Zimmerman through our AMTL Parts 1 and 2, where Graham got his start. Graham is now a sponsored climber.
These two decided to team up as climbing partners to tackle the first ascent up the SE Buttress on Mount Bradley. This route contains 4600 feet, 29 pitches of sustained mixed climbing, 19 being M5 or WI 4 or harder. After 66.5 hours, including three on route bivys, Vitalogy (Alaska grade V, M6+, WI5 5.9R A1), was officially open for business.
Mark Allen and Graham Zimmerman make first ascent of 4600-foot alpine big wall in Alaska from Black Diamond Equipment on Vimeo.
Needless to say, dreams come true. Make your dreams a reality today!