American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Alaska, P 7629, P 7819 and P 8567, Bagley Icefield, Chugach Mountains

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  • Publication Year: 1991

P7629, P 7819 and P 8567, Bagley Icefield, Chugach Mountains. On May 30, Sean LaRiche, Chuck Ellington, Craig Truitt and I as leader were landed at 6000 feet some 30 miles northwest of Mount St. Elias. We set up Base Camp near the base of P 7629 and spent several days waiting out snow and rain. On the evening of June 2, we made the first ascent of P 7629 via the south side. The evening of June 3 found us crossing the Jefferies Glacier to camp at 6400 feet near the west face of P 7837. It took us four hours to cover the six miles. Truitt, LaRiche and I climbed P 7819 just south of P 7837 by its northwest flanks. On June 4, we climbed P 9567 by its east face and then the north ridge. This beautiful sharp peak with its long north-south ridge is the second highest in the group known as Juniper Island. We believe these were all first ascents. On June 5, we were back at the Jefferies landing strip where we were picked up on the 6th.

Danny W. Kost, St. Elias Alpine Guides

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