One Man's Paradise

The Japanese Caribou

Today we had a visit from Talkeetna Air Taxi, the guys, who drop off climbers on Denali. They came in late from Rohn, a sketchy unattended air strip below Rainy Pass, where they had dropped some fuel barrels for the Irondog racers. We started chatting and they told us that they just had dropped a Japanese climber, who is trying for the sixth time to solo Mount Hunter in the winter.

In the Cloud

In the Cloud

Masatoshi Kuriaki has been climbing in Alaska since 1998 spending over 730 days in the mountains, mostly in the winter. He is married, has kids and lives in Japan. He received the nickname “The Japanese Caribou” after walking 860 miles from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay.