Not nearly as popular or crowded as the West Butt, the lower altitude and steep rock and ice aspects make this an Alpinist's dream. Summit rate is <40% due to weather and deep snow conditions on the upper mountain. Also no permits or advanced registration required!
Highly dependent on the intended route. Most popular are the North Face routes and West Ridge which are both a short ski from the KIA. The Northeast face is reached from the Tokositna or one of the eastern forks of the Kahiltna . Alpinist 9 features the mountain with photos of route outlines.
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The Moonflower Buttress (Bibler/Klewin) 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI6 M6 A2 Steep Snow Aid, Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 6000'
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Mt Hunter West Ridge via Northwest Basin WI3 Steep Snow AK : Denali National Park : Mt Hunter
Follow directions from KIA (below) and cache the sleds on the Glacier at the foot of the Northwest Basin (ABC on the route pic). The route winds through the crevasse field at the foot of the Northwest Basin, there is objective hazard from the seracs on either side of the basin. Careful routefinding is needed to avoid the icefall zones while navigating around the crevasses. This is highest risk of rock or icefall on the entire route. Avalanche risk is a different story on the many traverses a...[more] Browse More Classics in AK
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