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North America, Canada, Yukon Territory, Kaskawulsh Group

Kaskawulsh Group, Yukon Territory. In 1954 a number of summits forming the divide between the Kaskawulsh River and the Shakwak Valley were climbed by our party, which included Ernest Manko, Bernard Tallon, and myself. Perhaps the most notable ascent was that of the highest peak of this group, “Telluride Peak” (9200 feet), climbed by Manko and me, July 17, 1954, from a camp on the west fork of Telluride Creek. The route lay up firm rock ribs on the south face and a final rotten snow ridge. The last 1500 feet took about three hours. The descent was made down the easy southwest ridge. Tallon and I made an interesting trip in August via Bullion and Metaline Creeks to the head of the Duke River. Two 9400 ft. peaks were climbed on the way.

John O. Wheeler