American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Alaska, Marcus Baker, Chugach Mountains

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  • Publication Year: 1971

Marcus Baker, Chugach Mountains. On June 6 Wendell Oderkirk, Bob Smith and Patrick Freeney were airlifted to 8500 feet on the Knik Glacier. They spent the rest of the day moving 1½ miles closer to the peak, but camping at more or less the same altitude. On June 7 they wound their way through crevasses to 10,000 feet, where Freeney stopped. They continued on up until after twelve hours of climbing they completed the fourth ascent of the 13,176-foot peak. In July a Japanese party made the fifth ascent, but details are lacking.

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