Usually we steer far, far away from politics, but like Governor Mark Sanford "hiking the Appalachian Trail" in 2009, this one touches the outdoor world. It seems many Alaskans and climbers are all (ahem) atwitter over former Governor Sarah Palin's following July 14th tweet:
The trouble is, there is no Sweettooth on Denali. Sugar Tooth Mountain on the Ruth Glacier does have a pinnacle called Sweet Tooth Spire on pitch 17, but the climb is a "5.10b/c with short sections of A2" according to a 2007 Alpinist story on the peak's second ascent (go check out the pictures at Alpinist.com). So, unless the Palins have some previously-hidden mad climbing skills, it's not a likely destination for a family outing.
Palin's Twitter feed had no updates on any climb. However, according to a local Talkeetna radio station, the family took climbing and glacier travel lessons, and filming for the Discovery Channel's upcoming series "Sarah Palin's Alaska" took place on a closed set in front of the Alaska Mountaineering School.
Rainy weather likely kept film crews and the Palins grounded anyway, but one has to wonder if the new climbers really were headed to a remote spire suitable for only the most experienced mountaineers. Inquiring minds will have to wait for the episode to air on TLC sometime this fall.
via Backpacker, The Mudflats, The Hill, and KTNA