Mount Francis (5427ft) - 15Feb2021
|Port of Valdez from the summit of Francis|
|View of the NE ridge|
|East Face Couloir|
|Heading up the East Couloir|
I was able to stick to the rock and out of the fracture zone with ease, but it definitely could provide a false sense of security if you are uneducated. I was impressed by the sheer size of these cornices. They are so beautiful yet scary. The climbing was fun along the ridge. One short section down climbing on airy rock led to the final snow ramp to the summit. Costal summits are super special; views of jagged peaks and being a mile above the Port of Valdez are a thing.
|Cornices are real|
|Looking down the NE ridge from the summit|
I glanced down at my watch and realized I would not be making it to my evening class though I didn't really care. I came to Valdez to climb peaks and explore what Alaska offers. It was time to boogy, so I retraced my steps down the ridge and did a full 60m rappel down to reach the couloir. I glissaded the entire East Couloir of Francis, possibly the first glissade descent. I strapped my snowshoes back on and enjoyed strolling around with no moose encounters.