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North America, United States, Alaska, Kichatna Spire, East Buttress

Kichatna Spire, East Buttress. On June 9, Koreans Yu Hak-Jae, Shin Dong-Seok and Han Tai-Il completed a new route (VI, 5,10, A3) on the east face of Kichatna Spire. The 4500-foot high face had excellent cracks and chimneys. There was severe rockfall in the first 650 feet and a difficult, slightly overhanging chimney filled with ice and snow near the first bivouac site. They took nine days to do the climb. The other members of the party were Lee Bong-Yoon, Shin Sang-Man and Kim Jung-Bo.