Alaska Expedition – The West Ridge of Mt. Hunter: 14,500 ft.
A “50 Classics Climb”
Mt. Hunter has gotten more notice over the past few years. On its walls and ridges lie some very challenging and beautiful climbing. All of the climbs on this mountain are physically and technically demanding, as they are a mix of rock, ice and snow climbing. We have led numerous successful expeditions on the West Ridge since 1982 and have led attempts on other routes.
The West Ridge is a true classic and deserves its status as one of Steck & Roper’s “50 Classic Climbs”. Gary Bocarde did the first ascent of a variation of this route and we offer climbs up both the Bocarde Variation and the original Becky route. Experienced, fit climbers with find this route an exhilarating challenge.
This is a route with objective hazards that can be mitigated, but not removed. In particular, there is an area threatened by seracs that guard the entrance to the route itself. These tend to be geologic hazards, but anyone considering an attempt on Hunter should be aware of them.