Anyone been on the north face lately? I've been researching everything I can on this climb--the Alaska climbing guide and a few websites/trip reports. It would be my first real Alaskan climb.
To give some details about my experience level: since arriving last June I've scrambled up Flap Top, Mile High pass numerous times (practically my back yard), and Mt Magnificent. I climbed w/ the MCA last Sep during the Ice Fest and did the Beginner Ice series with Ascending Path this winter. I have practical experience ice climbing on WI3 and even some mock leading. We also delved into repelling and anchors as well.
Having said all that, I'm looking for a bit more challenging objective with more experienced climbers. I have basic mountaineering equipment--axe, boots, harness, crampons, helmet, all clothing, pack, cordellettes, some runners, belay devices, biners, and an ice screw. I am still slowly gathering equipment. I don't have any protection (except one screw), a rope (yet), or ice tools (yet).
I've been eyeballing the weather, forecasts and obviously time of year for such a climb. I'd like to do a bit of a reconnaissance look at the peak fairly soon, so that's why I'm inquiring here...I flew by it a week ago, but it was a bit hard to really check it out from 10,000+ feet.
Anyone looking to tackle such an objective this season?