American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Canada, Yukon Territory, Season in the St. Elias Mountains

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  • Publication Year: 1987

Season in the St. Elias Mountains. There were fifteen groups climbing and skiing in the St. Elias Mountains in the summer of 1986. They spent 1451 man-days in the area. I summarize the results of some. Canadians Sandy Briggs, Don Merryman, Richard Eppler and Rob McDonald failed to climb the northwest ridge of Vancouver. Canadians Martha McCallum, Geoff Porter, Michael Hendrick and Roderick McIntosh failed to climb Kennedy by first the north and then the east ridge. Americans Howie and Michael Fitz, John Rake and Randy Walter climbed both Hubbard and Kennedy by their standard routes and skied off. They had only three good days out of 20. Americans Jim Rawding, Greg Leger, Jim Hennessey, Kurt Gravara and Lee Schipper were unsuccessful in their attempt on Steele’s east ridge. Americans Steve Young, David Phillips, John Powers, Kyle Mathews, Peter Albert, Roger Kubby and Terry Kennedy failed to climb Logan by the King Trench route as did Canadians Mark Rosen and Blair and Scott Halperin. Canadians Dave Chase, Bill Hoyne, Bruce Hart and Mike Saunders failed on Logan’s east ridge, but Canadians Bert Mid- dleburg, Darrel Adzich, Max Lautenbader, Ralph Crawford, Eric Ridington and Keith Favelle did succeed; unfortunately Falvelle was killed on the descent.

Lloyd Freese, Kluane National Park

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