First ascents in Alaska's Hayes Range - Video

Ryan Hokanson and Samuel Johnson

26 September 2010   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    
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