In 1994 I attended a slideshow on climbing Denali at the Black Diamond Equipment shop in Salt Lake City. The show was put on by Conrad Anker and I was there with my good buddy Mark Holbrook, a coworker at BD. One of Conrad’s photos was of the Messner Couloir in all of its glory, which prompted Mark and me to put together a trip to try to ski it. I didn’t know it at the time, but Denali forms the father, or “Great One” of the Alaska Range family with Sultana/Foraker being the “mother” and Mt. Hunter being the child. Through a series of circumstances, luck and one failed attempt, skiing all three of these peaks became a 14 year obsession for me.
On Thursday, March 15th at 7pm, I’m psyched to be returning to the original scene of the inspiration to give a presentation on skiing and climbing these peaks. Admission is free and tradition is BYOB.
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