Alaska Range - LIttle Switzerland

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Alaska Range - LIttle Switzerland

Submitted By: Pdiddy on April 26, 2012

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Russell Peak East Face

The east face of Russell is technical and can be tight depending upon snow conditions.  It is east facing, which means it gets sun early, and it also involves much steeper lines. The longest descents are from the peak, but they are very committing. Once you are up there, there is no backing out and escape routes are hard to come by should something slide.

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Little Switzerland is more popular for long, moderate rock and alpine climbing in May and June.  There are many opportunities for descents from mild to wild.    Views of Mt. Foraker and myriad 10,000 to 12,000 ft jagged peaks never get old.  Crevasse danger is real and one should be familiar with crevasse rescue here.

How to Get There

You will need to take a plane to get to the Pika glacier- Talkeetna Air Taxi is the choice of most climbers.

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