May 07 20140 comments
It’s that time again! This Wednesday’s Peak of the Week is Mount Saint Elias.
Mount Saint Elias facts:
- Mount Saint Elias, also designated Boundary Peak 186, is the second highest mountain in both Canada and the United States.
- Mt. St. Elias was first climbed on July 31, 1897 by an expedition led by famed explorer Prince Luigi Amadeo di Savoia, (who also reconnoitered the current standard route on K2) and including noted mountain photographer Vittorio Sella.
- In 2007, an Austrian documentary movie called “Mount. St. Elias” was made about a team of skier/mountaineers determined to make “the planet’s longest skiing descent” – ascending the mountain and then skiing nearly all 18,000 feet down to the Gulf of Alaska.
- The movie finished editing and underwent limited release in 2009. The climbers ended up summiting on the second attempt and skiing down to 13,000 feet.
- Mount Saint Elias is infrequently climbed today, despite its height, because it has no easy route to the summit and because of its prolonged periods of bad weather (mainly snow and low visibility).