Alaska Trip Report - Gavin Pike & James Claphamby Gavin Pike Jun/2009
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Thankfully, nothing more serious than a bruised leg and coccyx resulted, but we were forced to bivvy near the summit nonetheless. We picked our way down the much safer north ridge the next day, eventually hitting our camp in the Gorge after nearly 24 hours without food or water. A slightly more exciting ascent than we had planned for.
We then lost a couple of weeks while James recovered from his injuries, and this plus the soaring spring temperatures meant the plans for trying a new line on Mt Dickey went out of the window. So we caught a flight over to the Kahiltna Glacier, and got on Moonflower on Mt Hunter. After climbing 14 pitches to a bivvy, we were stormed off the face the next morning (the only bad weather in over 2 weeks, aahh!!). After another period of a couple of weeks of poor weather, we realised that high temperatures and rain to 10,000ft had brought technical climbing on Hunter and Foraker to an end for the season, so we decided to head back to civilisation.
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