Radio Control Tower is easy to pick out from Denali Base Camp, appearing as a trapezoidal chunk of rock to the east. This is the west face, hiding the upper half of the standard route, which follows the east ridge. This strangely-named mountain is actually a fun glacier playground with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains in the Alaska Range.
Anyone attempting Radio Control Tower or any of the mountains in this vicinity must be roped-up and competent in glacier travel and crevasse rescue. This mountain is commonly used as a test-piece for guided clients to hone these skills, because the objective hazards are very real. As with anywhere in the Alaska Range, weather and snow conditions can change day by day (or--more accurately--hour by hour), necessitating preparation for anything and the ability to adapt to these conditions as they change.
The mountain's standard route
gently climbs a glacier to the north of the mountain, before turning onto the east ridge and climbing several interesting snow-covered humps to the corniced summit.
At the summit, you are rewarded with great views of some world-class climbing routes, including the Moonflower Buttress
and the West Ridge of Mount Hunter, Mount Foraker
, and the "Kahiltna Queen
Radio Control Tower can be accessed from Denali Base Camp on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. The most logical starting point to get there is to fly from Talkeetna, using one of the following services:
Hudson Air Services Inc.: http://www.hudsonair.com/
K2 Aviation: http://www.flyk2.com/
Talkeetna Air Taxi Inc.: http://www.talkeetnaair.com/
Red Tape & Camping
Climbers planning to ascend Radio Control Tower or surrounding peaks should contact the Talkeetna Ranger Station, located on B Street in Talkeetna, for current regulatory information:
Address: P.O. Box 588
Talkeetna, AK 99676
Backpackers can camp at or near Denali Base Camp, but remember to get your CMC (Clean Mountain Can) from the ranger station before heading to the glacier!
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