Crevasse rescue training at the MCA's Basic Mountaineering School.

Photo by Dean Carman.

Carrie Wang on Boggs Peak, Chugach National Forest.

Photo by Wayne Todd.

Willy Hersman leads his entourage on the classic MCA Portage to Whittier trip which may have great weather and wonderful vistas.

Photo by Wayne Todd.

Snow travel school at the MCA's Basic Mountaineering School.

Photo by Brian Aho.

Peak Bagging

So what is peakbagging? Basically it’s climbing numerous mountains that usually involve a common theme. Some examples include climbing the high points in all 50 states, or all 58 peaks in Colorado over 14,000 feet. An extreme example is climbing the 14 tallest peaks in the world, all of which share the distinction of being over 8,000 meters. Generally speaking, peakbagging can be anything one chooses and need not involve a theme. It is all about adventure, exploring the unknown, experiencing the indescribable beauty of the mountains, and testing one’s physical and mental strengths. Being goal-oriented creatures, peakbagging can be addictive. Getting to the top of one mountain just reveals more opportunities. In Alaska, the possibilities are endless. Satisfaction is obtained briefly, but never lasts, and before long the truly sick are longing for the next adventure, the next goal. Welcome to peakbagging.

Click on links on the left for several lists of peaks near Anchorage.

If you are just getting started, you might try "Front Range Highpoints"

A more accomplished mountaineer could tackle the "Western Chugach 21 7,000' Summits". Only a handful have climbed them all.

For the ambitious and dedicated peakbagger, strive to join the list of the select few who have climbed "Chugach State Park 120 Summits"

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Many thanks to: Wayne Todd, Tim Silvers, Ross Noffsinger, Steve Gruhn, Carrie Wang, Billy Finley and many others who provided information, ideas and photos. And thanks to Willy Hersman who created, managed and hosted the first MCA website, without which this site's development would have been so much more difficult. Current website donated by Couloir Graphics.