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North America, United States, Alaska, Hunter, Moonflower Buttress

Hunter, Moonflower Buttress. Bill Belcourt and I made the fourth ascent to the summit of Mug Stumps’ Moonflower Buttress route on Mount Hunter. Starting on June 1, we spent five days on the ascent and two on the descent of the west ridge, all in good weather. This is very high-quality climbing which follows a nearly continuous series of ice runnels with only occasional short mixed sections. To future parties, I recommend a rappel descent of the route rather than the “charms” of the long, corniced west ridge.

Randy Rackliff, Unaffiliated