American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Alaska, Phillip Smith Mountains

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  • Publication Year: 1994

Phillip Smith Mountains. We made a new route from the upper Ribdon to the headwaters of the Wind River, traversing the ridge west of Windy Glacier and descending onto the ice. The upper Ribdon is endowed with alpine meadows, limestone buttresses, tunneling rivers, pools, falls and a natural arch. We continued east through a succession of passes leading to the upper Ivashak. High on the Ivashak, we found Clarence Rhodes’ plane. The last entry in the flight journal was for September 19, 1958. We made three ascents during the traverse including P 8025 above the west fork of the Ribdon.

Dennis Schmitt, Sierra Club

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