American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing
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North America, United States, Alaska, Mount Blackburn

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  • Publication Year: 1979

Mount Blackburn. On August 12, after four days of climbing from Base Camp at 6900 feet, John McDonald, Dick Sletten and I reached the summit of Mount Blackburn (16,523 feet). Our route followed through icefalls on the third arm of the Kuskalana Glacier to 11,000 feet. From there we climbed a 12,000-foot snow-and-ice slope of 45° to 55° out of the Kuskalana valley to reach the upper part of a ridge which separates the Kuskalana from icefalls flowing from near the summit. From this ridge we worked our way up to 14,000 feet where we made our highest camp. We believe this is a new route.

Mark Eppley, Unaffiliated

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