Mt. Byron, West Ridge [Suggest Change]
Steep Snow X
Avg: 3.7 from 3 votes
|Type:||Snow, 4000 ft, Grade III|
|Page Views:||8,190 total · 87/month|
|Shared By:||Taylor-B. on Sep 16, 2010|
|Admins:||Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer|
Description [Suggest Change]
Mt. Byron is one of the most beautiful roadside peaks in Alaska. The crux is hitting the weather and route conditions just right. Portage valley is one of the wettest, snowiest places in the world. Park at the Byron Glacier TH. Mt. Byron is the prominent peak at the head of the valley. Take care on the approach, this area is a huge terrain trap for avi's. If you survive the terrain trap, gain a small hanging glacier on the west side of the valley and then boot pack/scramble up to the col of the West Ridge. The West ridge is a very corniced knife ridge, it is wise to rope up for the ridge (people have died on this ridge). Send it to the summit. For the descent either go back down the ridge or ski down the steep 50 degree headwall for a classic skimountaineering route, there is a bergshrund on the head wall.
Protection [Suggest Change]
Glacier travel kit and pickets.