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North America, United States, Alaska, Bear, Bona and "Super Cub Peak," St. Elias Mountains

Bear, Bona and “Super Cub Peak,” St. Elias Mountains. After receiving word that our landing site in the eastern Alaska Range was out of shape, we scrambled for a new destination. On May 29, Doug Barlow and I were landed on the eastern fork of the Barnard Glacier. Pilot Paul Claus of Ultima Thule Outfitters put us down at 6100 feet, from which point we pulled our sleds north through a pass onto the western slopes of Mount Bear and a southern extension of the Klutlan Glacier. We followed the descent route of the second-ascent party of last year. Our high camp at 11,500 feet put us in position to ski to the summit in perfect weather on June 1. Snow conditions from the summit down were variable. Once back in Base Camp, we were visited by Claus and Charlie Sassara in a super cub. We were “hopped over” to the west side of Bona at 10,500 feet. On June 5, we reached the summit. Over the next few days, we skied in more June powder snow up “Super Cub Peak,” just to the south of Base Camp.

Kaj Bune, Swallows Nest Alpine Club