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JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 2, 2007 - 01:19pm PT
Anyone know the name of a mountain up in Alaska with the Big Walls? It was on the cover of climbing at one time, it starts with a k?

JDF
joepuryear

climber
Leavenworth, WA and Talkeetna, AK
Jan 2, 2007 - 01:53pm PT
Kichatna Spire?

'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jan 2, 2007 - 03:16pm PT
I would be interested if I could get a helicopter ride in during the warm-weather months!
joepuryear

climber
Leavenworth, WA and Talkeetna, AK
Jan 3, 2007 - 11:43am PT
A fixed-wing can land there as late as August on a good year. That pics was from mid-July.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Jan 3, 2007 - 12:03pm PT
Beautiful mountain. Weren't Mugs Stump and ??? the first to climb it, or at least the main face?

Didn't Mike Graber (sp?) and somebody else put up an early route (circa 1973/74) as well?
Jello

Social climber
No Ut
Jan 3, 2007 - 06:21pm PT
There's about 6 routes on that face, now, all excellent, I've heard. Don't think Mugs ever climbed it, though.
joepuryear

climber
Leavenworth, WA and Talkeetna, AK
Jan 3, 2007 - 07:39pm PT
Yep, routes to the summit include 4 routes on the main wall (1982, 1982, 2001, 1992), 1 on the left hand ridge (2005), 1 up a couloir on the right, then up the right hand ridge (1966). Another route to the top was done on the Northwest side by Bridwell and Embick (1979). Graber, Black, and Schunk climbed the main left-hand pillar in 6/82. Davidson and Millikan made the first ascent in 1966 via the coiloir to ridge.

Edit: btw I found a copy of the cover (don't have the article unfortunately), it was Climbing #75, December 1982 ($2.50!)
climbingjones

Trad climber
grass valley,ca
Jan 3, 2007 - 08:58pm PT
No way. Is this a post from Juan that is not some drivel about some evil Republican conspiracy? What is wrong Juan, did the ringing in your ears let up for a sec? Man, I sure hope things return to "normal" for you soon. Looking forward to your next pseudo intelligent, off the cuff rant about W blowing up the earth to so him and his buddies can get rich(er). I hope you can get out and go climbing sometime. I've got your belay.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jul 18, 2014 - 03:29am PT
There are lots of other big walls in Alaska. I spent some time on a big wall in the Great Gorge. Alaskan big walls are extremely dangerous, big avalanches can literally wipe you from the face of the Earth. In short - yer gonna die.

Yer Gonna Die
Yer Gonna Die
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 18, 2014 - 03:47am PT
hey there say, nice to see the new info on this post here...

thanks for sharing... hope it grows a bit more, too...
Avery

climber
NZ
Jul 18, 2014 - 05:09am PT
Kichatna Spire, East Face. 1st Ascent: Scott Woolums &#40;US&#41; and ...
Kichatna Spire, East Face. 1st Ascent: Scott Woolums (US) and Bill Denz (NZ), April 1982.
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jul 18, 2014 - 07:40am PT

Kichatna looks killer!

johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Jul 18, 2014 - 12:29pm PT
Credit: johnkelley

Another Alaskan wall
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Jul 18, 2014 - 12:33pm PT
What's the biggest wall in Alaska? South face of Celeno?
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jul 18, 2014 - 01:04pm PT
Never heard of Celeno. Whats that?
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Jul 18, 2014 - 10:16pm PT
A peak in the Saint Elias Range, near Bona, with a 7,500' tall south face.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jul 18, 2014 - 10:38pm PT
Its hard to imagine any big wall in the St elias range let alone a 7500 footer. Got any pictures?

How about your above picture. Is that the Mendenhal towers?
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jul 18, 2014 - 10:52pm PT
Classsic JDF . . . you old trickster you.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jul 18, 2014 - 10:54pm PT
how about Mt Dickey? at 5000 ft its certainly a BIG wall. A whole bunch actually but the Wine Bottle has to be the plum of the bunch. Amazingly its only had one ascent and needs to be freed!


Wine bottle buttress.   Only one ascent.  50 pitches mostly free.  Adi...
Wine bottle buttress. Only one ascent. 50 pitches mostly free. Adi Ogler Tomi bonapace (swiss)
Credit: Bruce Kay
johnkelley

climber
Anchorage Alaska
Jul 18, 2014 - 11:35pm PT
That's the Taku Towers. Celeno has a big wall that's 5,500' + with a 2000' ice/snow ridge above it.
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