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North America, Canada, St. Elias Range, Wrangell-St. Elias, Various Ascents

Wrangell-St. Elias, Various Ascents. During the 1999 season only three trips other than ours (see above) resulted in ascents that were recorded in the climbers’ log in Yakutat. Apart from a glacier skills course, we were the last climbers approaching from this side to leave the range. This information obviously excludes parties flying in from Kluane. The West Ridge of King Peak was climbed June 4-9 by a Colorado team. A May 18-June 6 attempt on Mt. Kennedy from the Cathedral Glacier by an Idaho team failed on Hubbard due to weather. First ascents of four peaks from 9,300 to 10,700 feet in the North Watson area of the Fairweather Range were made from April 17-30; the hardest was 2,500 feet of 60-degree ice on the north face of Peak 10,700'.

Paul Knott, United Kingdom