American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Alaska, Chilkat Range

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  • Publication Year: 1974

Chilkat Range. Chuck Warren, Dave Butherus, Ted and Steve Lewis, Duncan Crosby and I as leader visited the heart of the Chilkat Range in southeastern Alaska at the head of the Davidson Glacier in June. We climbed P 6658, the main peak south of the Davidson-Casement Glacier divide on June 11. This is on the boundary of Glacier Bay National Monument. The all-snow route was easy, but the views of the many rugged peaks of the region were spectacular. We climbed P 5900 on June 15 from Base Camp at 3800 feet on the Davidson Glacier. We climbed the peak from the north side after crossing a pass to its east. It is on the north side of the main branch of the Davidson, 1½ miles east of the Glacier Bay National Monument boundary. Numerous ice worms, Mesenchytraeus solifugus, were found on the glacier surface on many nights. We created a sensation in Haines when we returned with live worms. The hotel proprietor took them out of his refrigerator and passed them around to his dinner guests to prove it was not another Robert Service type of hoax!

Lawrence E. Nielsen

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