Climb / Ski Mount Blackburn

Overview

Climb / Ski Mount Blackburn to prepare for Denali, or to check it off your peak-bagger’s list. Blackburn is the highest peak in Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains and the most dramatic massif in the range. It is the fifth highest peak in the United States, twelfth in North America. The copper-rich peaks surrounding Blackburn are characterized by their volcanic nature and rich human history.

Availability
April – August 2014 
Duration
Begins In
Anchorage 
Ends In
Anchorage 
Accommodations
Contact Us 
Transportation
Shuttle and Bush Plane 
Difficulty
Intermediate, Advanced 
Climbing Time
12 Days 
Season
Spring, Summer 
Guide Ratio
3 clients : 1 guide 
Priced From
$3,500 per person 
Trip Includes
Private guide, round trip transportation from Anchorage to Blackburn, group gear, food, backcountry permits. 
Not Included
Accommodations and food in Anchorage before / after the climb, personal gear. 

Mount Blackburn has two summits. The West Peak is the mountain’s highpoint, a fact that was not known until the 1960s when new survey work and more accurate USGS maps were released. The first ascent of the West Peak was made by Bruce Gilbert, Dick Wahlstrom, Hans Gmoser, Adolf Bitterlich, and Leon Blumer via the Northwest Ridge on May 30th, 1958.

East Blackburn, also known as Kennedy Peak, was first climbed in 1912 by Dora Keen and George Handy via Kennicott Glacier and the East Face.

 

Itinerary

As with all Wild Alpine expeditions, the itinerary for your next attempt on Mount Blackburn can be customized to your goals. Our climbing, skiing and ski mountaineering adventures accommodate any length of stay and originate in most Alaskan towns.

We suggest a 14-day itinerary for climbing or skiing Mount Blackburn:

Day 1: Arrive in Anchorage at Ted Stephen’s International Airport (ANC), stay at a hotel of your choice.
Day 2: Meet your guide, gear check, travel to Chitina or McCarthy for your backcountry flight, fly directly onto the mountain or set up camp and stay overnight.
Day 3: If you’re not there by now, you’ll fly to Mount Blackburn this day. Once settled in to basecamp; you’ll review glacier travel skills then get busy climbing and/or skiing your brains out.
Day 4 – 13: Climb, ski, explore Mount Blackburn and/or sub peaks in the surrounding area returning to basecamp on Day 13.
Day 14: Fly from basecamp to Chitina or McCarthy, return by ground shuttle to Anchorage. Some people like to fly out this day; we recommend staying in a hotel this night to rest up for your flight and to account for any weather delays.

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