The Alaska Mountaineers is a Meetup Group for people actively engaged in Mountaineering and related activities. It was established by The Mountaineering Club of Alaska (MCA) to provide an effective means for Mountaineers to communicate with each other to pursue outdoor activities of mutual interest. Members post events and other Members will respond if interested.
Alaska Mountaineers' events are not supervised or monitored in any way and members accept full responsibility for themselves
The Mountaineering Club of Alaska also has club sanctioned trips available at its website mtnclubak.org
The Mountaineering Club of Alaska
"to maintain, promote and perpetuate the association of persons who are interested in promoting, sponsoring, improving, stimulating and contributing to the exercise of skill and safety in the Art and Science of Mountaineering"
MCA has been around since 1958 and currently includes activities such as a Winter Basic Mountaineering Class, the Fall Ice Climbing Festival (all levels of instruction), use of the club’s hut system, sponsored trips and expeditions, and a monthly meeting with mountaineering related presentations. Club dues are a very reasonable $20 a year or $30 for a family.
MCA also Sponsers a Newsletter (the Scree), a Calendar, an email listserver, and a Facebook page.
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?