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A thin blade-like spire of granite, this peak is rather unimpressive-looking from the Pika Glacier. Fortunately, looks can be deceiving! The Plunger has a HUGE dropoff and bigtime exposure to the north, which will be discovered while climbing the second (summit) pitch of either route. From the summit, one is rewarded with an exceptional view over the Granite Glacier, which sits some 1,000' below to the north. If it is clear enough, you might also see Denali, 30 miles away. This spire is a good early season alternative when other larger formations are still covered in snow.
From the airstrip/basecamp, ski or snowshoe 20 minutes north, heading for the notch between The Throne and The Trolls. Stay close to the runout zone/bergschrund alongside North Troll to avoid crevasse fall danger. Depending on conditions, snow gear may be needed to access the base of the rock.
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Masters of the Mid 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a AK : Denali National Park : ... : The Plunger
This wandering but laser-cut two pitch line climbs Yosemite quality granite on the backside of the Crown Jewels formation. It can easily be led in two pitches, and can be rapped in one go with two 60m ropes. Pitch one, 5.9+, ascends a right facing dihedral before working into a crack on the face. Belay in an alcove. Pitch two, 5.10a, follows an obvious zig-zag crack to the right before cutting back left to a ledge and fixed-nut anchor. ...[more] Browse More Classics in AK
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