Photo Gallery: Climbing Polarchrome

Views from base camp as storms lift from the Tokositna Glacier. We’ve consumed a lot of coffee and bourbon; climbing sounds pretty nice!  Photo Jewell Lund.

 

The oh-so-beautiful Polarchrome route. We don’t know too much about it, but it looks like a great Plan B since we can’t climb our intended line! Photo Jewell Lund.

 

Loving the rock pitches down low on Polarchrome. The question is, where do we go from here?
Photo Chantel Astorga.

 

Big smiles while Chantel cruises. 
Photo Jewell Lund.

 

Chantel stems it out on this rock pitch. We're heading to the spire on the right (and straight on till morning).
Photo by Jewell Lund.

 

Onward we go for a bit of ice climbing!
Photo Chantel Astorga.

 

Just say no to snow mushrooms, no matter how small. Navigating up high on Polarchrome.
Photo Chantel Astorga.

 

Will I fit through there? Chantel leads the way by tunneling behind chockstones.
Photo Jewell Lund.

 

Climbing toward a full moon high on the French Ridge. Climbing this ridge at night almost felt like walking on the moon. Or maybe that was just a lack of sleep?
Photo Chantel Astorga.

 

Finally, alpen sunrise graces the Alaska Range. While not exactly a cup of coffee, it certainly is invigorating after a long night.
Photo Jewell Lund.

 

One last treat on the French Ridge before the summit: a dead horizontal traverse on vertical blue ice.  Tell me there’s coffee on the other side?
Photo Chantel Astorga.

 

Summit candy bar: SO GOOD.
Photo Jewell Lund.

 

The only way to go from here is down. Little do we know there are bison burgers and chai tea toddies waiting for us at the bottom. Thanks Mark Allen!
Photo Chantel Astorga.

 

Mt. Huntington: you are a rare beauty. Thanks for a stellar two weeks. Until next time!
Photo Jewell Lund.