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Kichatna Mountains

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About Kichatna Mountains:

This area boasts the most rugged terrain in the smallest area of any place in Alaska. The Kichatna Mountains are probably the crown jewels of the Alaska Range, and offer and endless assortment of steep granite faces, snow and ice filled gullies, and no summits over 9,000 feet. June, July and August tend to have the most stable climbig conditions, but be ready for only three to five climbable days out of thirty, with the rest being horizontal rain, sleet or snow. The Kichatnas are at a low point in the Alaska Range, so weather systems from the north and south collide here, creating an almost eternally stormy area with hundred mile-an-hour winds and sudden temperature drops being very common. AN AREA ONLY FOR THE VERY EXPERIENCED ALPINIST & WALL CLIMBER! The chances of a quick rescue here are very slim, and a hike out even in good weather would take at least three days, and involve glacial river crossings, impenetrable brush, and bear avoidance.
Nearest town or city: Denali National Park
Directions: VERY EXPENSIVE! Fly in from Talkeetna, if the weather permits, but be prepared to wait. With good visibility, you can land on the east or north glaciers without too many problems, good snow is there even late in the season. the nearest civilization is a lodge at Rainy Pass to the south if you prefer to walk in, but be prepared for bears, raging rivers, bugs and bad weather.
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Camping: Yes
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Quantity of Climbs: Lifetime

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