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Carl Battreall: A Collection of Climbed and Unclimbed Alaska Peaks

A few weeks ago, photographer and speaker Carl Battreall from Anchorage, Alaska, contacted us to see if we’d be interested in posting images from his Alaska Range collection. To carry on the Unclimbed theme from our latest issue, Alpinist 49, we requested that he also include images from walls that remain unclimbed in his submission. He obliged.

We welcome you to browse through Battreall’s images in the following pages. When possible, we added links to notable ascents of the peaks by our contributors. If you’d like to see more work from Battreall, feel free to follow him on Facebook, on Instagram and read his book, The Alaska Range, scheduled to release in spring 2016.

–Chris Van Leuven

Southwest face of The Angel (9,265′), Revelation Mountains, taken in June 2006. The Angel was first climbed in 1985 by Greg Collins and Tom Walter. The southwest face has not been climbed. The dominate coulior that splits the southwest face was descended in the dark by Clint Helander and Ben Trocki after making the second ascent of the mountain via the South Ridge in 2013. [Read more about The Angel here–Ed.] [Photo] Carl Battreall

Strange light illuminates Mount Foraker and its serac-plagued east face. This image was taken from the Kahiltna Glacier, during a storm in March, 2013. [Read Maxime Turgeon and Will Mayo’s expereince on Mt. Foraker here–Ed.] [Photo] Carl Battreall

The north face of Thunder Peak (10,600ft); the slightly higher Thunder Mountain is the snow dome along the ridge. The photo taken in March 2013 from the Thunder Branch of the Kahiltna Glacier. The first ascent of the peak was in 1983 by Kearney and Mascioli.

[Photo] Carl Battreall

The west face of Peak 9530′. There are no known ascents of this monster peak, which is north of One Shot Gap. You can access this face via the lower Kahiltna Glacier. This photo was taken in March 2013 from the lower Kahiltna Glacier.

[Photo] Carl Battreall

Last light on cloud-capped Denali and the formidable west face of Mount Hunter. Photo taken in March, 2013 from the Kahiltna Glacier. [Read about Lonnie Dupre’s January solo ascent here–Ed.] [Photo] Carl Battreall

The south ridge of Triple Peak (8,835′), left, and the Kichatna Spire (8,985′), right, the Citadel, (8520′), hiding behind it on the left. This photo was taken from the south in September 2013. [Read about Charlie Porter’s first ascent of the peak here–Ed.] [Photo] Carl Battreall

The Northwest ridge of Mt. Moffit (13,020′); Mount Shand, (12,660′), is the peak lit in the background. William Shand Jr., who was on the first ascent team in 1942, was killed in a car accident a few months after the climb. Mt. Moffit was supposed to be named after him, unfortunately, a mistake was made and the neighboring peak was given the name Mt. Shand instead. [Read about Colin Haley’s first ascent of his route, The Entropy, on Mt. Moffit here–Ed.] [Photo] Carl Battreall

The absurdly beautiful, unclimbed west ridge of The Citadel (8,305′) in the Neacola Mountains. The north face of the unclimbed peak 8,505′ looms behind and Mt. Iliamna (10,016′) towers far off near the coast. This photo was taken in October 2013.

[Photo] Carl Battreall

The 7,000′ North face of Mt. Deborah (12,339′), othwerise known as the Nordwand of Alaska. The first ascent of the peak was completed by the the superstar team of Fred Becky, Henrich Harrer and Henry Meybohm in 1954 via the south ridge. [Photo] Carl Battreall

The insanely beautiful north ridge of Mt. Russell (11,670′).

[Photo] Carl Battreall