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Caro North climbing the NE Face of Duke in Alaska during the first ascent of a new route with Brette Harrington
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Brette Harrington & Caro North: the new route up Southern Duke in Alaska is dedicated to Marc-André Leclerc and Ryan Johnson.
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Brette Harrington & Caro North: ascending Devils Paw to ski the SE Couloir
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New climbs above Juneau Ice Cap in Alaska by Brette Harrington and Caro North

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Caro North and Brette Harrington have made the first ascent of new mixed line up the NE Face of Southern Duke and added a new rock climb to the Taku towers on the Juneau Ice Cap in Alaska.

Brette Harrington and Caro North have established a 500m new climb up the North East Face of Southern Duke in Alaska. Harrington, who recently established Life Compass up Mount Blane in Canada, spent a fortnight on the Juneau ice cap with Swiss alpinist Caro North and, after waiting out a heavy storm for 3 days, climbed the "beautiful alpine mixed line" past difficulties up to M5+, 5.10b, 85°.

The weather improved significantly and the the duo climb a new 5-pitch 5.10+ up "amazing featured rock with quite some runouts" on the nearby Taku towers. Furthermore, they completed a strenuous, 2 day-ski touring trip 20 miles across the Takku Glacier in order to ski the 1000m SE Couloir of Devils Paw.

The new mixed route has been dedicated to Marc-André Leclerc and Ryan Johnson who disappeared while climbing the Mendenhall Towers in the Juneau area in mid-March 2018.



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