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North America, United States, Alaska, Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains, Mt. Drum, Southwest Ridge

Mt. Drum, Southwest Ridge. On June 10, Paul Claus of Ultima Thule Outfitters flew Anchorage climbers Judith Terpstra and me from Glennallen to a 6,200-foot glacier at the base of the 12,008-foot Mt. Drum’s southwest ridge (Alaska Grade II+). We established camps on the southwest ridge at 8,000 feet and 10,000 feet. We were turned back from our summit attempt due to poor weather at 11,200 feet. We descended the route to base camp and were picked up by Claus on June 14. Anchorage climbers Paul Barry and Dave Lucey succeeded on this climb, summitting in marginal weather on June 14 and flying out two days later.

David Hart, Mountaineering Club of Alaska