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Photo by Jonathan Griffith
The impressive South Face of Denali with the immense Cassin ridge in the centre.
The impressive South Face of Denali with the immense Cassin ridge in the centre.
Photo by Nicola Bonaiti

Alaska, Denali - Cassin Ridge video

18.08.2011 by Planetmountain

Video by Jonathan Griffith of his fast Cassin Ridge ascent up Denali in Alaska together with Will Sim.

"The Cassin was the highlight of our time out there without a doubt and we were glad to be able to do it in a single push style. Heading into the base of one of the world’s biggest faces and onto one of America’s most famous climbs was a little daunting with just a day pack to say the least but we managed to top out in 14 hours and 40 minutes."

This is how British alpinist Jonathan Griffith describes his ascent of the legendary Cassin Ridge, carried out earlier this year along with Will Sim. Check out highlights of their ascent of this and the west Buttress below.

First ascended from 6 - 19 July 1961 by the Italian Ragni di Lecco members Luigino Airoldi, Gigi Alippi, Jack Canali, Riccardo Cassin, Romano Perego and Annibale Zucchi, the elegant and challenging line is one of the most famous and sought-after alpine routes in the world. After the ascent Cassin was congratulated via telegram by the President of the United States of America, John Kennedy. The route is graded Alaska Grade 5, 65°, 5.8 AI4, 9,000 feet and usually takes anywhere between 3 - 7 days.

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