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Alaska Climbing
Author: Joseph Puryear
Routes: 30 (click to see the complete route list)
Difficulty:  Easy snow, 5.8, A1 to steep ice, 5.11, A3
Pages: 240 pages
Format: Your choice of Printed Guidebook, or
Downloadable eBook (PDF)
Edition: 1st Edition, April 2006 


Whether looking to climb Denali’s West Buttress or scale a wall in the Ruth Gorge, Alaska Climbing is the book to take you there. Author Joseph Puryear’s result of 15 years of Alaska Range climbing and research is the most detailed information ever for the region’s best climbs. Included are routes of all abilities from moderate snow climbs to the difficult test-pieces of the range. Each climb gets detailed photo-diagrams, in-depth strategy, camping info, retreat beta, and first ascent history. Detailed color topos and maps bring these climbs to life.

Features available in both Print Books and eBooks:  
Most accurate & detailed topos ever!!
 First ascent history
USGS maps for each climb
Over 150 recent color photos, from the area’s top mountaineering photographers

Critical information on how to stay alive in the Alaska Range
Detailed approach and descent beta
Suggestions for other area climbs and proposals for new climbs
Inside knowledge on how to travel in Alaska, where to stay, and what to bring


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      View the Table of Contents and Introduction (2.9MB)

Read Our Reviews...
"In its careful selection of routes, in depth detail and clear and precise advice Joe Puryear’s effort sets a new bar for Mountaineering guidebooks." - Ian Parnell, Planet Fear
  "This guide is the first book to give really good details on the classic routes and just became essential reading for anyone planning a trip to the US’s most Northerly Statee." Read the full review - Andy Saxby,
  "The SuperTopo guidebook you are holding will motivate you and help select a climb.  Use it as a tool to inspire and plan.  May the following pages allow you to unleash your inner quest for adventure." - Conrad Anker
  "If the Alaska Range is on your list, this is your guide!  Puryear's vast experience backed with SuperTopo lead the way." - Mike Gauthier, Author, "Mount Rainier, a climbing guide"
"Don't leave home without it! Joe pulled together the legendary classic routes and put them all in one easy to read book. It's my new tick list for the Alaska Range." - Jared Ogden, Top Alpinist
  "Rarely do guidebooks offer such extensive first-hand knowledge.  Joe’s expertise clearly shows in the detailed route descriptions, photos and topos as well as the general information and strategies for climbing in North America’s alpine mecca." - Kelly Cordes, Senior Editor, American Alpine Journal
Read a review in Italian by clicking here

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Try before you buy!
We've put one of the Alaska Climbing climbs, Denali's Cassin Ridge, on this web site—free for you to download. Check it out—it may be the best climbing topo you've ever seen!

Complete List of Included Climbs
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Route Name Formation Review
Cassin Ridge Denali
Alaska Grade 5, 5.8, AI 4
5 Star Rating
West Rib Denali
Alaska Grade IV, 60-degree ice
5 Star Rating
West Buttress Denali
Alaska Grade 2, 50-degree ice
5 Star Rating
Muldrow Glacier Denali
Alaska Grade 2, 40-degree snow
5 Star Rating
Southwest Face Hut Tower
IV, 5.11a
5 Star Rating
West Face Kahiltna Queen
IV, 60-degree ice and snow
5 Star Rating
South Face Middle Troll
III, 5.8, 45-degree snow
5 Star Rating
North Couloir Mini-Moonflower
IV, 85-degree ice
5 Star Rating
Cobra Pillar Mount Barrill
VI, 5.11, C1+, 50-degree snow
5 Star Rating
Japanese Couloir Mount Barrill
III, 55-70 degree snow or ice
5 Star Rating
North Ridge Mount Brooks
III, 65-degree snow or ice
5 Star Rating
Southwest Route Mount Dan Beard
V, 60-degree snow and ice
5 Star Rating
West Face Mount Dickey
II, 35-40 degree snow
5 Star Rating
Infinite Spur Mount Foraker
Alaska Grade 6, 5.9, M5, AI 4
5 Star Rating
Sultana Ridge Mount Foraker
Alaska Grade 3, 55-degree snow
5 Star Rating
Southwest Ridge Mount Frances
IV, 5.8, 60-degree snow
5 Star Rating
North Buttress Mount Hunter
AK Grade 6, 5.8, A2, M5, AI 6
5 Star Rating
West Ridge Mount Hunter
Alaska Grade 4, 5.8, AI 3
5 Star Rating
Harvard Route Mount Huntington
VI, 5.9, A2, 70-degree ice
5 Star Rating
West Face Couloir Mount Huntington
V, 85-degree ice
5 Star Rating
North Ridge Mount Russell
III, 65-degree snow and ice
5 Star Rating
West Face Mount Silverthrone
III, 60-degree snow or ice
5 Star Rating
Southwest Ridge Peak 11,300
V, 5.8, 60-degree ice+cornices
5 Star Rating
West Pillar The Eye Tooth
V, 5.10c
5 Star Rating
Ham and Eggs The Mooses Tooth
V, 5.9, AI 4
5 Star Rating
West Ridge The Mooses Tooth
V, 80-deg ice to main summit
5 Star Rating
Shaken, Not Stirred The Mooses Tooth
V, AI 5
5 Star Rating
Gargoyle Buttress The Royal Tower
IV, 5.10a
5 Star Rating
Goldfinger The Stump
IV, 5.11a
5 Star Rating
Lost Marsupial The Throne
III, 5.8
5 Star Rating

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