Ice Gallery : Wayne Mushrush Ice Gallery

Wayne Mushrush ice gallery

Chris Roach on first ascent of Kings River route. Photo: Mushrush Collection.Martin Martinez at Last Frontier, Glacier Creek. Photo: Mushrush Collection.Martin Martinez on Long Distance Voyager, Friday Creek. Photo: Mushrush Collection.
Wayne Mushrush topping out in the dark on Stratus, Caribou Creek.  Photo: Mushrush Collection.Mushrush on Last Frontier, Glacier Creek. Photo: Mushrush Collection.Mushrush on Last Frontier, Glacier Creek (1990). Photo: Mushrush Collection.
Mushrush on first ascent of Lost in Space. Photo: Mushrush Collection.Sean Baginski following first pitch of Rhythm and Blues, Caribou Creek. Photo: Mushrush Collection.Mushrush on unknown ice. Photo: Mushrush Collection.
Caribou Creek (1990). Photo: Mushrush Collection.Chris Roach on first attempt of Kantellia Falls, Caribou Creek. Photo: Mushrush Collection.Chris Roach on first attempt of Kantellia Falls, Caribou Creek.  Photo: Mushrush Collection.
Greg Golet on Stratus, Caribou Creek (1990). Photo: Mushrush Collection.Greg Golet is a headless climber. Photo: Mushrush Collection.Martin Martinez getting ready to ascend Threshold of a Dream, Glacier Creek. Photo: Mushrush Collection.
Martin Martinez on first ascent of Long Distance Voyager, Friday Creek. Photo: Mushrush Collection.Martin Martinez on first ascent of Lost Chord, Hunter Creek (1990). Photo: Mushrush Collection.Martin Martinez on first ascent of A Question of Balance, Caribou Creek (1990). Photo: Mushrush Collection.
Martin Martinez on first ascent of A Question of Balance, Caribou Creek (1990). Photo: Mushrush Collection.Martin Martinez on first ascent of Threshold of a Dream, Glacier Creek. Photo: Mushrush Collection.Martin Martinez on first ascent of Threshold of a Dream, Glacier Creek. Photo: Mushrush Collection.
Martin Martinez on first ascent of Threshold of a Dream, Glacier Creek. Photo: Mushrush Collection.Chris Roach's (rear end) and Scott Mignery on first attempt of Kantellia Falls, Caribou Creek. Photo: Mushrush Collection.
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Wayne Mushrush made many notable first ascents back in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Mushrush ventured around the state and helped contribute to the explosion of new route development in Valdez, Caribou Creek, Glacier Creek, and other drainages. These photos capture many of the first ascents he was a part of and provide a look back into what the sport of ice climbing was like in Alaska.

Take a look at Mushrush's Caribou Creek guide that documents the history on the area.

What motivated you to get into the sport of ice climbing in Alaska? I became interested in ice climbing after hearing about it from local climbers. I wanted to learn new technical skills and enjoy greater freedom in the mountains. I was also influenced by aesthetics. Frozen waterfalls can be very beautiful and visiting a canyon during winter is like an art walk, where nature is the featured artist.

Today, Mushrush still resides in Alaska spending more time in the air than on the ice but does manage to get out on occasion. If you are heading to the Range, Mushrush may end up being your next pilot so be sure to say hello.

Below, is a list of his first ascents listed on the AIC guide.

Glacier Creek

Caribou Creek

Hunter Creek