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Moonflower Buttress (Bibler/Klewin), The 
Mt Hunter West Ridge via Northwest Basin 

Mt Hunter  


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Description 

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!

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 52.0 miles from here

3 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mt Hunter:
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

Photos of Mt Hunter Slideshow Add Photo
The two summits of Hunter from 16,500' on Denali's...
The two summits of Hunter from 16,500' on Denali's...
Carl Tobin. 1997 Moonflower posedown.
Carl Tobin. 1997 Moonflower posedown.
 Tamara's traverse. Moonflower buttress.  Photo: C...
Tamara's traverse. Moonflower buttress. Photo: C...
Mt Hunter Northern Buttress from the KIA.  For per...
Mt Hunter Northern Buttress from the KIA. For per...
Panorama of the Alaska Range showing Foraker, Hunt...
Panorama of the Alaska Range showing Foraker, Hunt...
View from Huntington Harvard Rt. towards Mt.Hunter
View from Huntington Harvard Rt. towards Mt.Hunter

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