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Moonflower Buttress (Bibler/Klewin), The 
Mt Hunter West Ridge via Northwest Basin 
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WI4 M2-3 Steep Snow

Type:  Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, Grade V
Consensus: WI4 M2-3 [details]
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Submitted By: Nate Flynn on Aug 16, 2013

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Moonflower Buttress 


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By Brian Prince
From: morro bay, ca
Oct 4, 2013

super lame
By Joe Terravecchia
Oct 10, 2013
rating: WI5-6 M5 Steep Snow

Lame indeed. This is one rectally derived route description.
No offense Nate but such a proud line deserves a write up from someone who has, oh I don't know, actually done the route and is familiar with its history.

3000' Grade V, FA unknown, WI 3, 3 stars ?

The route is about 4,500' shrund to the cornice bivy with another 1,500' to the summit. Alaska grade 6. The shaft alone is 500' of 5+/6.
By Joe Terravecchia
Nov 15, 2013
rating: WI5-6 M5 Steep Snow

If Nate removes this nonsense, I'll repost an accurate description, photos and topo. Carl Tobin and I climbed it to the summit in 97.
By clint helander
From: anchorage, alaska
Nov 22, 2013

Awesome Joe! I also climbed the Moonflower to the summit this spring. We then traversed to the west ridge and rappelled in to the Ramen Couloir. We were from the summit to basecamp in less than 12 hours...75 hours total camp to camp.

Hell of a climb. A lifetime milestone for sure. I am working with mountainproject mods to correct the many inaccuracies here.
By Joe Terravecchia
Nov 23, 2013
rating: WI5-6 M5 Steep Snow

Nice going Clint. What a fantastic route eh? Carl & I had near perfect weather/conditions except for a 1 day storm at the cornice bivy and heavy spindrift on the raps. Super memorable trip for me and the best alpine route I've ever done. Steve Mascioli and Alan Kearney stopped by our tent at Kahiltna to ask about conditions as they were going to head up and give it a go the next day. A few days later I flew home to New Hampshire and Carl called me with the news, Steve had been killed when the mushroom collapsed. Really sad. its just a crap shoot having to climb under that thing.

If Nate removes his, you should post the route. I'll add some photos.
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