Arrigetch / Brooks beta


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Buff Johnson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2005 · Points: 1,145

Good sources to research logistics & planning of the Arrigetch?
AAC library, annual reports, topos? Good books to recommend. Etc.

Will trade coffee and beer in Valdez :)

Brian in SLC · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Oct 2003 · Points: 13,762

Fair bit of info here:

https://web.stanford.edu/~clint/arrig/

Also a gob of references there. The AAJ's are online and searchable and the TR's fairly useful for planning.

We circumnavigated the Arrigetch back in 1988 or so. Gnarly country and something I wouldn't do again in July (skeeters were unreal). Flew in with Brooks Range Aviation who I'd recommend.

There's been a few TR's and info on the 'taco too, if you haven't seen.

Good luck!

Buff Johnson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2005 · Points: 1,145

Thanks man,
I think if I remember, you guys had tried some around the wrangell/St elias. The bush pilots I talked with around yakutat were kinda leary now due to a couple of bad accidents. I thought those mtns were intimidating as hell, so I can see their point on the fly in, also said the rock quality kinda sucks and warming been destabilizing the seracs.

Anyway, when you guys hit around the Arrigetch, do you remember having one or two lines that kinda stuck out as pretty cool? Was thinking of that ridge and maybe a wall on Xanadu, if the rock is worth a shit or not.

Brian in SLC · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Oct 2003 · Points: 13,762
Buff Johnson wrote:Thanks man, I think if I remember, you guys had tried some around the wrangell/St elias. The bush pilots I talked with around yakutat were kinda leary now due to a couple of bad accidents. I thought those mtns were intimidating as hell, so I can see their point on the fly in, also said the rock quality kinda sucks and warming been destabilizing the seracs. Anyway, when you guys hit around the Arrigetch, do you remember having one or two lines that kinda stuck out as pretty cool? Was thinking of that ridge and maybe a wall on Xanadu, if the rock is worth a shit or not.
Yeah, Kurt, our favorite pilot in Yakutat (he flew us into Logan and St. Elias), died picking up overdue clients on Kennedy. So did one of the folks I flew with in Talkeetna. Tough business.

We honestly didn't get that close to the rock climbing...as we stuck to the river bottoms for easier travel. So, never really got a gander at individual lines, but, mostly peaks off in the distance. I think we flew in to near the same spot as folks do for the approach up into the area, though. The moose at the end of the lake (pond) we landed in was by far the biggest land mammal I've ever seen in person...

Neat, wild and wooly area! I did appreciate having a 12 gauge, and, the bonus of going up in mid summer, it never gets dark...
M. Morley · · Sacramento, CA · Joined Jan 2002 · Points: 6,565

Hey Buff-

I'd agree with Brian's recommendations for Clint's website and old AAJ articles. When we were there (2002), we drove from Anchorage to Coldfoot and used that as our launching point. I highly recommend Dirk of Coyote Air for a pilot:

http://flycoyote.com/travel-info/

He was able to fly us to the confluence of the Alatna River and Arrigetch Creek, and we hiked in from there. Hiking over that tussock grass sucked, especially with 100-lb packs!

The Arrigetch is one of the most magical places on the planet! You'll have a great time.

This is our trip report:
https://web.stanford.edu/~clint/arrig/pflueger.htm

Buff Johnson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2005 · Points: 1,145

thanks mike. I appreciate it

M. Morley · · Sacramento, CA · Joined Jan 2002 · Points: 6,565

No problem. Someday I should get around to digitizing my pics from that trip!

Buff Johnson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2005 · Points: 1,145

Looks like that wall on Xanadu might see a solid attempt this year judging from the Mugs Stump blip in Alpinist.

anyway, hopefully to see some cool shit there over the next few years. The rock & snow climbs look a hell of a lot more fun than a denali slog

Norm Larson · · Wilson, Wy. · Joined Jan 2008 · Points: 55

Been there climbing twice. Feel free to pm me if you have any specific questions.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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