|By David Hertel
Nov 3, 2011
(I haven't had much of a response on this thread in the general climbing forum so I'm adding it here in hopes of getting greater notice)
Just curious why there isnt an "Alaska" regional forum. It doesnt really fall into the northwest catagory since its detached from the contigenous US. And as I realize that many of the climbs in the state would be considered "extended climbs" or "expeditions," there are many more climbs and routes that would be simply fall into the catagory of crags or ice flows etc.
There are many places to climb, and many climbers, but it seems difficult to search for a partner through this website because every time you post something about Alaska climbing partners, people think you are trying to organize some massive expedition and thats not always the case. Of course you can send out a thousand PMs and what not, but very seldom do you strike a time and place to meet up with somebody to climb with.
Many Alaskans don't stay in one town year round, and if someone wants to climb while they stay in my city, I think it would be much simpler to find people (to respond to or get responses from) if you could just click on the "Alaska" region and read a topic that says something like, "Will be in whatever city,(Sitka, Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Haines, etc.) from such and such dates. Looking for someone to climb with."
I have a feeling the response would be significantly better than going to the extended expeditions thread and posting because the people who live in say, Ketchikan, don't need to organize a long drawn out super expensive trip if they live in town and just want to hit the crags for a few hours. Many people travel the Alaska Marine Highway and some ferry trips have layovers in town for 24 hours or more. I think having an Alaska forum would help those folks find climbing partners while they visit.
In short, having an Alaska regional forum would help Alaskans and visitors alike find good people to climb with, and hopefully help publisize mountainproject.com to encourage more users and to produce a larger database of routes and discriptions in Alaska. There may be a lot of unexplored territory up here, but that doesn't mean you have to search for good things to climb on your own.