Alaskan "Eiger" Climbed


Jed Brown and Colin Haley have climbed an enormous new route on the Eiger-like north face of Mt. Moffit in Alaska. Moffit, a 13,020-foot summit in the Hayes Range, is little known outside the 49th state, but its nearly 8,000-foot northern escarpment is world-class, with a 4,000-foot rock wall leading to alpine snow and ice slopes. The two climbed the route in a four-day round trip from camp (July 10-13). The 33-pitch rock wall required three days and was highlighted by a 10-foot horizontal roof. They descended via the northwest ridge and dubbed the face the Entropy Wall (VI 5.9 A2 WI4+).

The north side of Moffit was first climbed in 1989 by Harvey Miller andBrian Teale, following a diagonaling ice line on the right side of the face.

In May of this year, Brown attempted the northeast ridge of the peak with Carl Tobin and Aaron Thrasher, getting a good look at the north wall. Comment on this story