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Grand Mogul Climb Report

At 21,000 feet, Illimani (from Aimara, meaning "Golden Eagle") is the highest peak in the Cordillera Real which is part of the Cordillera Oriental, a subrange of the Andes of western Bolivia.  It lies just south of La Paz at the eastern edge of the Altiplano.  It is the second highest peak in Bolivia.  Illimani is distinctly visible from the city of La Paz and is its major landmark.  From May 31st to June 3rd 2008, Terry Mataya and Mark Davis made the ascent.

Mt. Olympus

Grand Mogul Climb ReportIn August 2003, some old members of The Way Too High Alpine Society got together for a reunion climb. Brad Canady, Glenn Cirlincionne, Pat Ellis, Chuck Gullick, Bruce Kolpack, Terry Mataya, Rod Sly, and Wayne Waldroup all made it to the top of Mt. Olympus.



Grand Mogul Climb ReportIn January 2001, Pat Ellis, Bruce Kolpack, and Terry Mataya took a trip to Ecuador with the goal of climbing Cyambe (18,982), Cotopaxi (19,347), and Chimborazo (20,700). We got skunked.


The Grand Mogul

Grand Mogul Climb ReportIn August, 1999, Bruce Kolpack and Terry Mataya climbed this prominent peak in the Sawtooth Range of Idaho.



Mt. Kenya & Kilimanjaro

In January 1999, Terry Mataya, Mitch Hungate, and Bruce Kolpack attempted the South Face route on Mt. Kenya in Kenya, East Africa. We didn't summit Mt. Kenya, but Mitch and Bruce ran up Kilimanjaro before returning home.


Mt. Baker

In July 1998, Bruce Kolpack, Rodney Sly, Brad Canady, Doug Jones, and Drew and Kathy Cartes climbed the Easton Glacier Route on Mt. Baker.


Mt. Whitney

In June 1998, Terry Mataya, Mitch Hungate, Ron Husa, Bruce Kolpack, Chip Carpp, and Ed Mataya set out for the Sierra Nevada Range in California to climb the East Face of Mount Whitney (14,496'). We didn't get the East Face, but we got to the summit!


Kaleetan Peak

This prominent Alpine Lakes Wilderness peak was climbed in April 1998 via the standard South Ridge route. Kaleetan, the Indian name for "arrow", has a steep triangular summit of 6259 feet.


South Arete of South Early Winter Spire

This North Cascades rock climb was completed in August 1997 by Mitch Hungate, Ron Husa, Bruce Kolpack, Terry Mataya, and Mark Swanson.


Mount Roosevelt

This simple Alpine Lakes region day climb was completed in June 1997 by Mitch Hungate, Ron Husa, Bruce Kolpack, and Terry Mataya.


1997 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Way Too High Alpine Society was held on Memorial Day weekend. Music was provided by The Way Too High Alpine Band. As usual, a good time was had by all.


The Annual Mount Persis Bivvy Climb

The March 1997 rendition of this annual event had a small turnout of hardy souls (or idiots, perhaps?), Brad Canady, Paul Dunn, and Bruce Kolpack.


Mont Blanc Traverse

Mont Blanc, at 15,774 feet, is the highest peak in The Alps. Way Too High climbers Bruce Kolpack and Philippe Guilhemotonia did a four day traverse of the mountain September 15-18, 1996.


The North Ridge of Mt. Assiniboine

Mt. Assiniboine is located in Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park on the eastern edge of British Columbia, not far from Banff, Alberta. At 11,870 feet, it is the 6th highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and one of the most spectacular. In August 1996, Mitch Hungate, Ron Husa, Bruce Kolpack. Terry Mataya, and Mark Swanson climbed the North Ridge to the summit.


The North Ridge of Mt. Adams

In July 1996, the North Ridge was ascended by Chuck Carpp, Mitch Hungate, Ron Husa, Bruce Kolpack, Terry Mataya, and Brian.


Sloan Rangers

In June 1996, an unsuccessful attempt was made on Sloan Peak.


Phelps Fiction

In June 1996, The Way Too High Alpine Society mounted an assault on Mt. Phelps, 5535 feet. Mt. Phelps is one of the most prominent Cascade peaks that can be seen from Seattle.

Persis Bivvy

In 1996, the annual Mt. Persis bivvy was highlighted by a visit by Comet Hyakutake.


Jack Mountain

In September 1994, Bruce Kolpack and Dave Spenser climbed this North Cascades 9000 footer.


Note: Climbs from 1982 - 1994 are not documented at this time. These include Island Peak (Nepal), Aconcagua (Argentina),  East Ridge of Forbidden, Shuksan, Goode, Constance, Washington / Eleanor, Sahale / Bucker, Big Four, Stuart, Fernow, Bonanza, Maude, Rainier, Hood, and others.

The Original Way Too High Climb - Denali '82
Recreated from the original slide show on the 20th anniversary

Denali '82

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