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North America, United States, Alaska, Wrangell Mountains Traverse, 1993

Wrangell Mountains Traverse, 1993. During the whole of June, 1993, Charlie Wolf, Matthew Goewert and Minot Meser made a traverse of the Wrangell Mountains from west to east. They were ferried by plane to the valley between Sanford and Drum. From there they mounted the Nebesna Glacier and pulled a sled which contained at the beginning 300 pounds of food and supplies. Their first summit was Mount Wrangell (4319 meters, 14,163 feet). They continued on to Blackburn (4995 meters, 16,390 feet), which they climbed by the northwest ridge. There they met the European party, whose climb is described in an article earlier in this Journal Their final summit was Regal (4225 meters, 13,860 feet). Their return to civilization was fraught with difficulties. They began by skiing south towards the Gates Glacier and Bonanza Ridge, but jumbled ice made that impossible. They climbed back up and had a very difficult traverse to reach the Kennicott Glacier, which they descended to Kennicott. An interesting, illustrated article on the traverse appears on pages 62 to 68 of the May/June, 1994 issue of Rock and Ice.