Mount Huntington in Alaska may not have the altitude of nearby Denali, but it more than makes up for it in steepness and technical difficulty. In all directions the peak climbs 2,000m in less than 2km. This dramatic climb from the glacier below creates some of the most technical and difficult climbs in the entire Alaska range.
The peak was first climbed via the Northwest Ridge, aka The French Ridge, in the 1960s and while experienced climbers climb it a couple of times a year, I've nev-er seen an image that captured the exposed nature of the peak. It has been a dream photograph of mine since I first laid eyes on it in a magazine as a child.
While working with the National Park Service in 2014 I was lucky enough to ex-plore the entire range over several days while shooting from a helicopter. To capture this image I was an on an aerial flight in the afternoon. Wearing a har-ness for safety, the helicopter circled the climbers on the peak and I opened the door, leaned out, and snapped this shot.