Editor’s Note: The name “Little Switzerland” was coined by Don Sheldon, who would often fly climbers through the area, wetting their appetite. Margaret Young and James Richardson, while climbing near the “big bend” of the Kahiltna in 1964, made the first ascent of the peak later named Your Highness. The area began to receive attention after Roger Robinson and Brian Okonek climbed multiple first ascents out of the Pika Glacier in 1976. As with all climbing and wilderness areas, climbers are urged to exercise sound environmental practices in this pristine place. More information is available from the Talkeetna Ranger Station.