I felt that this special place was a womb between mother and child–
a place of fertility and regeneration. Looking around, I knew that in this physically sterile land,
the gift of life is given to the spirit of those who come here.
– Gerry Roach - From Transcendent Summits
- Touching Greatness
|North America’s Highest Peaks
25. Alaska’s 14,573-foot Mount Hunter
|Hunter’s northwest face
Dick Springgate took this photo in June 1963 from our landing place on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier
That’s Don Sheldon’s Super Cub in the lower right. We were the only party on the Southeast Fork
|Less than 10 miles south of Denali, Mount Hunter is Denali’s child and is the third highest peak in Denali National Park.
Hunter is the 11th highest peak in the United States and the 25th highest peak in North America.
|Don Sheldon first landed me under Hunter in 1963, and I quickly rejected all thoughts of ever climbing Mount Hunter.
Denali was quite enough for that trip. Over three decades later in 1994, I climbed Mount Hunter via the West Ridge
in a modern tour de force. With my multiple climbs of Denali and ascent of Mount Foraker in 1975,
my climb of Mount Hunter in 1994 completed for me the three highest peaks in Denali National Park.
This is my now famous short list, and perhaps the toughest of them all.
|– Gerry Roach