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[TR] Mendenhall Towers - Various 7/28/2009

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Trip: Mendenhall Towers - Various

 

Date: 7/28/2009

 

Trip Report:

 

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I recently had a great time in Alaska, climbing in the Mendenhall towers.They are the most distant peaks above my luggage here, photo taken at Juneau Airport.

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This is a range of granite peaks accessed via Juneau, which has seen very little alpine rock climbing activity. I was with my friend Jason Nelson, and we helicoptered in to the towers on July 9th. We were in there for 8 or 9 days, and it took two days to get back down to civilization on foot. While there, we climbed three new routes and repeated a route as well. All of our routes were grade IV or IV+, but the one rock route on the northern side of the towers is a grade V. The climbing was phenomenal. I drew up some very bad topos while tent-bound, which might or might not help future parties if anyone is interested in heading out there.

 

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I've got some more pictures, video, and tons of writing here:

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The AAC helped finance part of this trip through the Mountain Fellowship Grant, and I am very thankful for the help.

 

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