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Fundraiser for Alpinist Who Suffered Extreme Frostbite

Anna Pfaff is dealing with serious foot injuries after climbing the 1,200-metre Harvard Route in Alaska

Photo by: Brandon Pullan of Anna Pfaff in the Rockies

Since an ascent of a classic route in Alaska, experienced alpine climber Anna Pfaff, who’s spent a lot of time climbing in Canada over the years, has been coping with extreme frostbite.

A fundraiser has been organized to help Pfaff with the costs associated with recovering from such extensive frostbite. It’s unknown how severe the results of the injuries will be and there’s hope for a full recovery, but Pfaff’s regular social media updates convey a very intense and serious situation.

From April 19 to 21, Pfaff and Priti Wright climbed the 30-pitch Harvard Route WI3 M6 C1 1,200m on Mount Huntington, first climbed in 1965 by David Roberts, Ed Bernd, Don Jensen and Matt Hale.

Anna Pfaff climbing in the Canadian Rockies. Photo Brandon Pullan
Anna Pfaff climbing in the Canadian Rockies in 2016. Photo by Brandon Pullan

Pfaff has established several big climbs, including Apocalypse Now WI7 M9 300m in Newfoundland, Unattached WI3 AI4 M4 5.6, 600m in India, and Colombian Direct TD AI4 1,200m in the Himalayas.

“We found the climbing to be engaging and harder than expected as the route was in early season condition and we were first to summit for the season,” said Pfaff about the Harvard Route. “We encountered single to sub-zero temperatures throughout the climb and spent three days making our way up and down this beautiful passage to the spectacular summit of Mount Huntington. It honestly took a lot of effort and I am grateful to have shared this experience with another strong woman. I’m super proud of us for this accomplishment and the partnership shared to complete our mission.”


The fundraiser page reads: We are trying to help fundraise to alleviate some part of the stress of Anna’s injuries to her feet. She’s got a long road to recovery and plans to spend the coming months living near good care in the front range of Colorado. Anna has good insurance, but from ER visits, non-network medical care and significant other expenses not covered by insurance she has a considerable burden we would like to help with. Please consider a donation to help Anna focus on her health and recovery. The goal amount is a good start on a long road of unknown costs and recovery.

Visit the fundraiser page here to learn more. Pfaff goes on to tell her story about what happened after their ascent of the Harvard Route on Instagram below.

Lead photo: Brandon Pullan of Anna Pfaff in the Rockies