News Link: Americans Dave Burdick and John Frieh snatched the first ascent of the beautiful west ridge of Burkett Needle in southeast Alaska during a spell of high pressure in early July. They climbed the route, Smash and Grab (IV 5.8 M4), in a single day, after a helicopter approach and hike to high camp. The descended by rappelling the south pillar, first climbed in 1995.
Burdick had previously attempted the west ridge in 2006. The climbers believe this was the fifth ascent of Burkett Needle, first climbed in 1964 by Dan Davis and Layton Kor.
Date of Ascent: July 4, 2009