American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Alaska, Fairweather Range, Brady Icefield Traverse and Mount Bertha Attempt

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  • Publication Year: 1996

Brady Icefield Traverse and Mount Bertha Attempt. On May 6, Tim Baldwin, "Chipotle" Charlie Kiblinger, Brad Hopp, Tim Kelley, and I were flown into Reid Inlet in Glacier Bay National Park. We spent 23 days skiing and exploring the Brady Icefield. For our attempt of Mount Bertha (10,204 feet), we chose the route of first ascent pioneered by Bradford Washburn. We turned back after three days on the mountain because of poor snow conditions and warm temperatures. We were successful in climbing several nunataks and we skied from the summit of Mount Divide (4,240 feet). We followed a “miracle highway” through heavily-crevassed terrain on Taylor Glacier to reach the moraine and the waters of Taylor Bay. A short bushwhack brought us to Dundas Bay and our flight to Juneau on May 28.

Len Zanni

(Recipient of an American Alpine Club Mountaineering Fellowship Grant)

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