Photo by Phillip Norman
|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|
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.