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North America, United States, Alaska, Fairweather Starvation Expedition

Fairweather Starvation Expedition. Six climbers from the State of Washington, John H. Olson*, Jerome Eberharter, Steve Doty, Gregg Foster, Reese Martin and Steve Pollock, had hoped in June to do some difficult new routes in the Fairweather Range. After bad weather prevented the first airdrop attempt, which they would have supervised, they climbed to 6000 feet below Mount Fairweather in four days, where they were to receive the drop. Nearly out of food on arrival, they waited another four days for the airdrop, eating only a square of chocolate each day. Finally they struggled back down to the coast, foodless. They failed to attract the attention of a fishing boat and an airplane, but eventually a helicopter carrying geologists spotted them and called for a plane that flew them back to civilization. The food drop had apparently been made, but they have no idea where.

* Recipient of an American Alpine Club Mountaineering Fellowship Grant.