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

Mt Hunter Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 14,573'
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Submitted By: Kevin Zagorda on Jul 26, 2008
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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

For the Denali National Park area.

Weather station 52.0 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',1],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mt Hunter

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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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Rock Climbing Photo: The iconic North Buttress of Mount Hunter

The Moonflower Buttress (Bibler/Klewin) 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WI6 M6 A2 Steep Snow  AK : Denali National Park : Mt Hunter
---------- HISTORY ----------In a range full of incredible mountains and world class routes, the North Buttress of Mount Hunter is perhaps the most iconic stage for cutting edge alpine triumphs.This 6,000' bastion of ice and stone is painted with an exceptionally unique history. Starting in the mid 1970s, a number of the world's foremost alpinists began attempting to climb the North Buttress of Mount Hunter. Most attention was focused on the obvious ice couloir that would later be known as the F...[more]   Browse More Classics in AK

Photos of Mt Hunter Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Carl Tobin. 1997 Moonflower posedown.
Carl Tobin. 1997 Moonflower posedown.
Rock Climbing Photo: The two summits of Hunter from 16,500' on Denali's...
The two summits of Hunter from 16,500' on Denali's...
Rock Climbing Photo: View from Huntington Harvard Rt. towards Mt.Hunter
View from Huntington Harvard Rt. towards Mt.Hunter
Rock Climbing Photo: J.D. Merritt on the upper headwall of the French R...
J.D. Merritt on the upper headwall of the French R...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Hunter Northern Buttress from the KIA.  For per...
Mt Hunter Northern Buttress from the KIA. For per...
Rock Climbing Photo: Panorama of the Alaska Range showing Foraker, Hunt...
Panorama of the Alaska Range showing Foraker, Hunt...
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper north aspect of the north buttress, severely...
Upper north aspect of the north buttress, severely...
Rock Climbing Photo:  Tamara's traverse. Moonflower buttress.  Photo: C...
Tamara's traverse. Moonflower buttress. Photo: C...
Rock Climbing Photo: J.D. Merritt traverses on some terrain between the...
J.D. Merritt traverses on some terrain between the...

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By Kurt Ross
From: Boulder, colorado
Jul 10, 2015
Here's a description of J.D. Merritt and my experience climbing the French Route this season:

climbingandjunk.wordpress.com/...
By Kevin Zagorda
From: Glen Haven, Co
Sep 4, 2015
Well done Kurt! We met the Brits who had just finished the second ascent of the French Couloir (Jon Bracey and Andy Houseman) at high camp in 2007.

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