Solo in Winter on Foraker

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Long night ahead: Denali (left) and Mt. Hunter at sunset, seen from Mt. Foraker in 2001.

Long night ahead: Denali (left) and Mt. Hunter at sunset, seen from Mt. Foraker in 2001.

Remarkably, although his climb this year marked the first calendar-winter solo ascent of Foraker, it was Kuriaki’s third trip up the mountain during the winter season. He also climbed the peak in 1999 via the Sultana Ridge, reaching the top on April 3, and in 2001 via the Southeast Ridge, summiting on March 31 for the route’s first solo and fourth overall ascent.

Date of Ascent: Summit reached March 10, 2007

Sources: Jonathan Waterman, Daryl Miller, japanesecaribou.com, ktuu.com.

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