All Locations > Alaska > Interior Alaska/A… > Denali National Park > Little Switzerland > The Plunger
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Routes in The Plunger
|North Face T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|West Face T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 150 ft, 2 pitches|
|FA:||Dave Anderson & Rob Feeney 1999|
|Page Views:||859 total, 15/month|
|Shared By:||Richard Shore on May 20, 2013|
|Admins:||Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer|
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DescriptionA short two-pitch route up the awesome Plunger pinnacle. The first ascent party severely overrated the crux pitch at 5.12a/b. From my experience (based on Indian Creek and Yosemite-style splitter cracks), this is no harder than about 5.11b.
Climb moderate snow and cross a bergschrund to access the base of the rock. Many possible starts are available, I will describe the obvious one we took.
P1) 5.6-5.7, ~80'. Up a low-angle left-facing dihedral to a belay in a notch from boulders with fixed rappel slings.
P2) 5.11, 50'. Scramble up and right through a notch from the belay, then up the slightly overhanging splitter #1 camalot sized crack (crux). Follow the crack as it bends right and narrows to fingers and the exposure increases dramatically. Belay from fixed slings at the top of the flake/crack, or continue another 10' up easy 5th class crack to the summit. Downclimb back to the sling anchor. This pitch could also be easily aided/French-freed at C1.