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North America, Canada, Yukon Territory, Mount Steele

Mount Steele. Frank Ewing, Rod Newcomb and I spent nearly three weeks in June in the Mount Steele region of the St. Elias Range. We were flown in to about 9000 feet on the Steele Glacier from Burwash Landing by Jack Wilson of Glen Allen, Alaska. In all we made three attempts to reach the summit of Mount Steele (16,641 feet) via the east ridge but were turned back each time by bad weather. On the second attempt, our most nearly successful, we were within 2000 feet of the summit before the weather deteriorated and forced us down. We made no further summit attempts after Steele because of continuing poor weather. We walked out down the Steele Glacier to the Donjek River and thence downstream to the Alaska Highway.

John E. Breitenbach