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North America, United States, Alaska, Mount Wade

Mount Wade. In July Bruce Tickell and I climbed Mount Wade (Boundary Peak 173; 2426 meters, 7960 feet), which is 50 miles east of Yakutat, overlooking Nunatak Fjord. We ascended the East Nunatak Glacier from the beach and left the glacier five miles from the fjord to climb easy slopes to a camp at 4000 feet. From there we ascended snow and loose rock to a narrow ridge 1.5 miles south of the main summit. We then traversed the ridge on rock and snow, skirting obstacles whenever possible. After a mile we could descend onto the high cirque glacier which took us to the east ridge of the summit block. We waited two hours for better light and reached the summit with the sunrise of July 16 to enjoy unrivaled views of the St. Elias and Fairweather ranges. The ascent from the 4000-foot camp took 14 hours and the return only six hours.

Gerald Buckley, Unaffiliated