Graham Zimmerman and Scott Bennett Pioneer New Line in Alaska’s Revelation Mountains
Graham Zimmerman and Scott Bennett topped out on The Angel (9,265 feet) in Alaska’s Revelation Range via a new route (V, 5.10, 50 degrees, 3,700’) on the east buttress on July 14.
“We began climbing on July 13, starting up a beautiful granite wall with cracks and corners aplenty,” said Bennett. “Six hundred meters of quality rock climbing, with difficulties up to 5.10, filled most of our day. Everything was climbed onsight and followed free. We were stoked to find a perfect bivy spot on the ridge, where we set up our comfy little tent and sheltered from a passing squall. After a few hours of rest during the midnight sun we began climbing again surrounded by blue skies! A low cloud layer below us brought the surrounding peaks, jutting through, into beautiful relief.”
“Another 500 meters of classic ridge terrain separated us from the summit, and we occasionally donned crampons to navigate snow and ice while simulclimbing. At this point we shared terrain with the 1985 ascent of the Southeast Buttress made by Greg Collins and Tom Walter.”
Zimmerman and Bennett descended to the north, rappelling 600 meters down the eastern aspect of the North Ridge to a hanging glacier, which they descended to the main Revelations Glacier.
Congratulations on your first ascent, Graham and Scott!
For the full trip report, visit Scott Bennett’s blog. [LINK]