American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Heritage Point, new route, B Wright Dak.

Alaska, Chugach Mountains

  • Climbs And Expeditions
  • Author: From information supplied by Josh Varney and Steven Gruhn?
  • Climb Year: 2013
  • Publication Year: 2013

In spring 2012, Josh Varney and partners established a new route on the seldom-climbed Heritage Wall, which is reached along the southwest side of the north fork of the Eagle River, in the western Chugach Mountains. The 3,900’, triangular-shaped wall is located on the north aspect of Polar Bear Peak (6,614’) and tops out at Heritage Point (ca 4,640’). The three climbers bivied below the wall before starting up the face via a thinly iced and mixed gully. After a bivy, they continued climbing the next morning, topping out the wall in the dark. They called their route B Wright Dak. John Kelley and Dan Petrus put up the first route on this massive, Scottish-like wall [AAJ 2005].

Heritage Point - "B Wright DAK" - FA from Josh Varney on Vimeo.

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