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North America, United States, Alaska, Eekayruk, Falsoola, Brooks Range

Eekayruk, Falsoola, Brooks Range. Starting from the pipeline road on August 17, our group crossed the Dietrich River and followed Kuyuktuvuk and Trembley Creeks, then crossed into the Hammond River valley. After hiking over Kinnorutin Pass we climbed Doonerak (7457 feet) by its south ridge from St. Patricks Creek on August 22. Records of two previous ascents were found on the summit. Snow kept us in our tents for several days and on August 27 we started hiking back the same way as we wanted to avoid more snow on the passes. However the weather improved and on August 31 we climbed Eekayruk Mountain (6490 feet) via a snow couloir on its north face. After we reached the summit, we saw a higher point on the northwest ridge of the mountain (approximately 6530 feet) which we also climbed and where we placed the summit register. Next day we climbed Falsoola Mountain (6320 feet) by a couloir leading from the south fork of the Trembley Creek valley to the southeast ridge, and from there to the summit. Both Falsoola and Eekayruk have not, to our knowledge, been climbed previously. We hiked out the same day we climbed Falsoola (September 1). The weather in the late summer was mixed, occasionally very beautiful, with one severe multi-day snowstorm, and we saw no mosquitos or people, only a few planes overhead and a mysterious footprint along the Hammond River. All climbs were made by all party members: Irene and Colin Miller, Skip Walker, Fred Rowley, and Vera Komarkova. The last three party members were associated with the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.

Irene Miller