Ptarmigan Peak (Alaska)
|Elevation||4,911 ft (1,497 m) |
|Parent range||Chugach Mountains|
Ptarmigan Peak is a 4,911-foot (1,497 m) mountain in the Chugach Mountains near Anchorage, Alaska. Its north face is extremely steep and is sometimes attempted by mountaineers. Hikers generally reach the mountain's summit from the less steep southern side, often via the west ridge that begins at Ptarmigan Pass. In winter, ski mountaineering is also possible on the mountain.
In 1997, 14 members of a mountaineering expedition from the University of Alaska Anchorage (two instructors and twelve students) fell 1,000 feet down the mountain's north face. Two people died, and 11 more were seriously injured.
- Woelber, Paxson. "Ptarmigan Peak". Retrieved February 15, 2017.
- Shane Shepherd& Owen Wozniak. 50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park. The Mountaineers Books (2001), p. 138.
- Louis W. Dawson. Wild Snow. The Mountaineers Books (1998), p. 101.
- American Alpine Club. Accidents in North American Mountaineering 1998. The Mountaineers Books (1998), p. 23.
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