26 Sep First ascents in Alaska’s Hayes Range – Video
In June we have given the new about Ryan Hokanson and Samuel Johnson’s first ascent of two new routes (the second ending just below the summit due to a lightning storm) in the Hayes Group in the eastern Alaska Range.
Original objectives – a new route on Mount Hess or on Mount Deborah – proved impossible because the conditions were quite warm on both objectives, so they moved to Hayes Glacier where conditions were better: here the duo first completed in a single-push the ascent of the direct west face of Mt. Hayes. The route is 6,500-foot, V AI3 R. They did 16 rappels and 1000m descent following a different line farther to the north.
After a rest day, the duo climbed a new route on the NE wall of Mount Balchen 3395 m, 3,500-foot V AI4 M6.
Here the video in Back Diamond website