American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Canada, Yukon Territories, St. Elias Ski Traverse

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  • Publication Year: 1976

St. Elias Ski Traverse. From April 12 to May 13 Craig Patterson, Steve Darrow and I traversed the St. Elias Range. Our route followed the Tana Glacier onto the Bagley Icefield to the Seward Glacier, which flows between Mounts St. Elias and Logan. We continued around Mount King George on the Hubbard, then north to the Kaskawulsh Glacier, finally ending at Kluane Lake on the Alaska Highway. The highest elevation we were forced to ski to was only 6700 feet, making it an ideal sled trip. Total mileage was 220 miles. We were unsupported by food caches or airdrops. The loaded sleds weighed 180 pounds when we started. Poor weather prevented climbing more than one 8500-foot crag near Mount Queen Mary.

Ted Gillette, Yosemite Climbing School

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