Mount Hunter

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Mount Hunter
Photo by Frans Kerren Holland, all rights reserved.

Mount Hunter is located immediately south of Denali (20,322 ft.), just east of the Kahiltna Glacier, which is the starting point for climbs up the West Buttress of McKinley. Hunter's native name is Begguya, which means Child (of Denali). Hunter boasts three summits, separated by a large icefield. Though the main summit is comparable in height to peaks in the lower 48 states, Mount Hunter is a much more serious mountain. Its long ridges are heavily corniced, and sheer 5,000 foot faces send frequent avalanches and icefalls plunging to the glaciers below.

Elevation (feet): 14,573
Elevation (meters): 4,442
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Alaska Range
State: Alaska
Latitude: 62.9508
Longitude: -151.089
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun
Year first climbed: 1954
First successful climber(s): Heinrich Harrer, Fred Beckey, Henry Meybohm
Nearest major airport: Anchorage, Alaska
Convenient Center: Talkeetna, Alaska