New Frontier: Skier Andreas Fransson First Ever to Conquer Denali’s South Face in Alaska


It’s high. It’s gnarly. And it’s never been conquered.

The massive south face of Denali in Alaska has been the stuff of legend – with no daring skiers having completed the full 8,000+ descent due to insane conditions and altitude. Until Chamonix based charger Andreas Fransson, that is.

The Swedish extreme skier climbed to the summit at 20,320 feet before dropping in solo in mid-May. After taking out 1,500 meters in a mere half hour, he was forced to pause due to icy conditions and downclimb. Rappelling four times to safety, he took shelter due to rising for six hours to avid rock fall and unstable snow.

Then the rest is history.

Peep the video of his amazing feat:


Andrew De Lara


September 20, 2011

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