Waiting on Fairweather
Follow Mark and Janelle Smiley as they pursue climbing the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.
Words by Mark Smiley
In June we headed for Mt. Fairweather (15,325'), located a mere 13 miles from the Pacific coast in SE Alaska. The Carpe Ridge is the "classic" route on its South Face. This snow, ice, and rock route ascends a little under 11,000 vertical feet from the glacier camp. It's huge! I would equate it to a remote, steeper, rockier, longer, Liberty Ridge on Rainier.