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Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50 out of 5
Route sequence (left to right): 10
Route Summary | Ascent Notes (3)
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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty (Not Rated)
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 3.50/5
  Rock Quality 2.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 3.50/5


APPROACH--11 miles from the 7,200 foot Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna landing strip, via Northeast Fork to 11,100 feet; travel quickly and camp with attention to hanging glacier activity.

TOTAL TIME--14 to 24 days

VERTICAL GAIN--9,200 feet

DIFFICULTIES & DANGERS--40 to 50 degree snow and ice in the initial couloir (11,100 to 13,300 feet); short sections of up to 60 degree ice.

CAMPS--13,300; 13,900; 15,200; 15,900; 16,900(BALCONY CAMP, most try to summit from here).

Submitted by: polarwid on 2002-05-15
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Route ID: 13068

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3 Ascents Recorded

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  Difficulty D
  Safety Rating R
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: Skyhoysrock on 1987-06-10 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars First big expedition

This trip had it all: crevasse falls, big blizz, group drama.

Added: 2007-08-10

Onsight Onsight ascent by: jtcronk on 2001-05-20 (View Climbing Log)

0 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

Great route! We didn't get to top out, unfortunately. Climbing from about 15,500 to 17,500 was really fun, great view. Got weathered off at the foot of the Orient Express and had to downclimb back to the 14 camp. Maybe next time.

Added: 2001-05-20

  Safety Rating G
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Red Point Red Point ascent by: wallrat on 1993-05-30 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

Most dangerous section is the Valley of Death approach, with those house-eating covered crevasses. Moderate and safe from there on up.

Added: 1993-05-30