Our First Ascents team decided to celebrate their true first ascent of peak 11,430 this week, and head next for a seldom climbed but very attractive peak nearby: 12,610ft Mount Pandora. They left two dispatches along the way. Take a look at the map and listen to their updates from high camp (in a crevasse!) and the summit…
Sat phone dispatches from the mountain:
High Camp on Mt. Pandora
Summit of Mt. Pandora
Congratulations to our First Ascents team of 6, all of whom summitted Peak 11,430 in the University Range yesterday! To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ever climb of this beautiful peak. Nice work Scott, Lucas, Matt, Michael, Masahito and Jim!
Listen to their dispatch reporting on the climb:
Summit of Peak 11,430
They did it! Our team of 7 made it to the summit of Mt. Blackburn yesterday evening at approximately 5:30pm. They left this great dispatch just minutes after arriving at the peak. Take a listen!
Blackburn Summit Dispatch
Congratulations to Dave, Bennett, Scott, Matthew, Fiona, Adam and Alex on a successful climb and have a safe trip home!
After three days of sitting in a tent, our team on Mt. Blackburn moved up through a white-out blizzard on Monday and were rewarded with sunny skies yesterday to continue their climb. Today is bluebird, so we are confident they are working hard towards the summit. Click below to hear their dispatch last night from their camp at 9,600feet.
Blackburn dispatch 6-3-14
And here’s what the mountain looks like from our office this morning. I’m sure it’s a magnificent day up there!
We got a dispatch from our guides on Mt. Bear this evening, and sounds like all is very well up there. They reached the peak this afternoon at 2pm and skied off the summit!
Click below to listen to their dispatch.
“There’s no place like Alaska, and there’s no Alaska like the Wrangell-St. Elias!”
Mt Bear Dispatch
Now they have 5 more days to relax, climb and ski in the area before heading home.
Photo below is not this trip, but I’m sure this is how they felt and what it looked like!