First Ascents and Descents
Alaska, Neacola Mountains
In late April 2006 Dustin Schaad and I were dropped by ski plane near Glacier Fork [a.k.a. The Pitchfork Glacier, which drains to the Glacier Fork of the Tlikakila River]. Our pilot, Doug Brewer, knew of no one being flown into this spot before. Over two weeks in late April and early May, we explored ridges and couloirs surrounding our base camp. Although we weren’t there to peak-bag, we topped out some impressive couloirs, ticking off a handful of 3,000-4,000' first ascents (climbed with crampons and axes) and descents (on skis).