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Ascent of Mendenhall Towers-Fifth Tower on 2000-08-10

Climber: Ben Still

Date:Thursday, August 10, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mendenhall Towers-Fifth Tower
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:6600 ft / 2011 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mike Miller and myself climbed the Solva Buttress of the 5th Mendenhall Tower. We took a ride with Coastal Helicopters to the base of the rock getting dropped off near 5400' on the upper glacier. We spent the night here and started very early the next morning. Negotiating the moat was not bad and the granite provides excellent climbing and protection. We did 10 pitches with the first and i think the 8th pitch being about 5.7 with the rest in the 5.0-5.6 range to the summit and rappelled down the same day. Below are some scanned photos of the trip:


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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1200 ft / 365 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1200 ft / 365 m
    Grade/Class:5.8 ten pitches
    Route Conditions:
Rock Climb, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1200 ft / 365 m
    Route:Solva Buttress
    Start Trailhead:5400 ft / 1645 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1200 ft / 365 m
    End Trailhead:5400 ft / 1645 m



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