British Success in North America

Whilst most of the world´s media focuses on Everest and K2 a couple of British teams have been successful in North America of late. Jon Bracey and Andy Houseman have made the second ascent of the French Route on the North Buttress of Mt. Hunter, 23 years after the first ascent. The two men continued to the 14,570-foot summit and descended via the West Ridge for a four-day round-trip. More recently Gareth Hughes and Vivian Scott made the first ascent of the East Face of Mt. Dan Beard, the 10,260-foot peak that forms the north end of the Ruth Amphitheater in the Alaska Range. The easily accessed face has long been an obvious target, but dangerous serac bands guard any potential route. Source: Climbing