American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, Canada, Yukon Territory, St. Elias Mountains, Ascents of Mounts Duff, Wade and Surrounding Peaks

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  • Publication Year: 1996

Ascents of Mounts Duff, Wade and Surrounding Peaks. Our most notable climbs during a week of excellent weather were the apparent first ascents of Mount Duff, Mount Wade, and "Saddlehorn Spire" (the striking peak directly east of Mount Vern Ritchie noted by Walt Gove in AAJ, 1984, page 99) and the apparent second ascent (after Gove and Loren Adkins) of Vern Ritchie. The area was beautiful, with good views of St. Elias, Cook, Hubbard, and Fairweather, an excellent panorama of Russell and Nunatak Fjords, striking views of the border peaks, and great skiing. The rock ranged from fine to the worst in our collective experience. The last two of us flew out late on July 10 just before the weather returned to its more normal stormy state. Personnel: David Cummings, A1 Ellsworth, Sam Grubenhoff, Adam Kolff, Kees Kolff, Greg Talbott, Dan Weld, Silas Wild (leader).

Daniel Weld

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