Slideshow: Jonathan Crabtree, Ski Mountaineering in The High Sierra and First Ascents in The St Elias

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Join the Stanford Alpine Club on Monday, November 18th for our last slideshow before Thanksgiving! 7:00pm at Clark Center s360.
 
 
In April of this year Peter Dronkers and Jonathan Crabtree established two new routes in the vast ice fields region of the St Elias mountains, a remote part of Canada's Kluane national park and preserve. This slideshow recalls the idea developement, funding, training and ultimate execution of this Northern Exposure 2013 expedition. An underwhelming snowpack and an overabundance of good weather in early 2013 allowed us safe access to the high powder stashes of the Eastern Sierra and North Cascades. Ticking off the classics in the typical fast dash ski mountaineering weekend trips turned out to be the perfect training grounds. This lead to what would be a nearly "smash-and-grab alpinism" style new route on the enticing south face of Lowell peak and the first ascent of the delicate north ridge of alverstone NE5.
 
Highlights: Cross couloir on Tallac, North couloir on Red Slate, North and Zebra couloir on Emmerson, North Face of Shuksan, Dana couloir and two FA's in the St Elias.
 

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