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By David Hertel
From Sitka
Nov 3, 2011
Climbing a coulior of steep snow on the First Asce...
(I haven't had much of a response on this thread in the general climbing forum so I'm adding it here in hopes of getting greater notice)
Just curious why there isnt an "Alaska" regional forum. It doesnt really fall into the northwest catagory since its detached from the contigenous US. And as I realize that many of the climbs in the state would be considered "extended climbs" or "expeditions," there are many more climbs and routes that would be simply fall into the catagory of crags or ice flows etc.
There are many places to climb, and many climbers, but it seems difficult to search for a partner through this website because every time you post something about Alaska climbing partners, people think you are trying to organize some massive expedition and thats not always the case. Of course you can send out a thousand PMs and what not, but very seldom do you strike a time and place to meet up with somebody to climb with.
Many Alaskans don't stay in one town year round, and if someone wants to climb while they stay in my city, I think it would be much simpler to find people (to respond to or get responses from) if you could just click on the "Alaska" region and read a topic that says something like, "Will be in whatever city,(Sitka, Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Haines, etc.) from such and such dates. Looking for someone to climb with."
I have a feeling the response would be significantly better than going to the extended expeditions thread and posting because the people who live in say, Ketchikan, don't need to organize a long drawn out super expensive trip if they live in town and just want to hit the crags for a few hours. Many people travel the Alaska Marine Highway and some ferry trips have layovers in town for 24 hours or more. I think having an Alaska forum would help those folks find climbing partners while they visit.
In short, having an Alaska regional forum would help Alaskans and visitors alike find good people to climb with, and hopefully help publisize mountainproject.com to encourage more users and to produce a larger database of routes and discriptions in Alaska. There may be a lot of unexplored territory up here, but that doesn't mean you have to search for good things to climb on your own.

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By andy ducomb
From anchorage
Nov 3, 2011
Sounds good to me!

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By Stone Nude
Nov 3, 2011
When dumb people have disposable income, hilarity ...
Yeah, I can see that being a good thing. Trip reports would be epic for sure.

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By Brian Prince
From morro bay, ca
Nov 3, 2011
The Seward Highway is really beautiful.
The "Discuss Mountain Project" forum probably would have been the place to go. Although "Help" aint bad.

I've always wondered the same thing.. not a big enough community (at least on here) I suppose, but I don't see how it could hurt.

There have been a small number of decent Alaska threads (like this one that you also started mountainproject.com/v/the-mist... ). And there's probably been others that I've missed in the NW forum (like partner requests). Again, I don't see why not.

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By David Hertel
From Sitka
Nov 4, 2011
Climbing a coulior of steep snow on the First Asce...
Brian Prince wrote:
The "Discuss Mountain Project" forum probably would have been the place to go. Although "Help" aint bad.


That is true, I'll repost there as well and hopefully something good will come of it.

As for the Misty Fjords, I did get a chance to hit it up this year either. I tried to find partners, and as I said, it is really difficult to find people to climb with since not many people in my city climb. Ketchikan is an overnight ferry ride away and it makes things a little more complicated to organize an expedition when you are on your own.

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