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North America, United States, Alaska, Mount Michelson, Brooks Range

Mount Michelson, Brooks Range. Tom Elliott and I climbed Mount Michelson (8855 feet) and Tugak Peak (approx. 8600 feet) on August 3 and 4, 1974, respectively. We reached the Michelson area during the second week of a three-week hike which began at the southern boundary of the Arctic National Wildlife Range on the East Fork of the Chandalar River. We followed the Hulahula River through the Romanzof Mountains, spent four days around Michelson and completed our trip at Barter Island. Both climbs were done in good weather from a camp at 6900 feet on the north side of Esetuk Glacier. We ascended Michelson by the southeast face after a slow but fairly easy snow and rock climb of a south ridge one half mile east of the summit. Our route up Tugak was a direct climb of the north ridge.

Rick Notling, Unaffiliated