|Range/Region:||Saint Elias Mountains|
|Difficulty:||Major Mountain Expedition|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug|
|Year first climbed:||1937|
|First successful climber(s):||Bradford Washburn, Robert Bates|
|Nearest major airport:||Anchorage, Alaska|
|Convenient Center:||Haines Junction|
Mount Luciania is the third highest peak in the Saint Elias Range, and the highest in a cluster of high peaks in the northern part of the range. It has its place in mountaineering history, having been the world's first mountain to be approached with the aid of a high elevation aircraft landing. This was not, however, a graceful success, as the plane which dropped off Washburn and Bates at 8,500 feet for their 1937 first ascent became stuck in slush upon landing, and it took five days before the plane was able to take off again.
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NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
There are 7 trip reports for Mount Lucania.
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- Log #5142 - by cirigliano on Oct 04, 2004all from cirigliano in the italian Lucania mount
- Log #5143 - by Eli Fierer on Nov 22, 2003I had a question about the possibility of skiing off of Lucania or Steele. Is it possible? Where might the most feasible routes be? Planning an expedition for spring 2004. would appreciate any...
- Log #5144 - by Christopher Hanson on July 21, 2003Looking for information on the 1937 Washburn expedition to Mt. Lucania. Any leads? National Geographic article?? My deceased friend Anderson Bakewell (later SJ) was on the expedition.....
- Log #5145 - by Jerry Seaman on Apr 19, 2003For a compelling read, check out David Roberts' "Escape from Lucania." The first successful summiting in 1937 by Brad Washburn and Bob Bates.
- Log #5146 - by Steven Gaskill on Mar 18, 2003We flew by Helicopter to the Dennis Glacier on April 23. It took us 13 days to get to the summit. THe SE ridge is long and protected by a major icefall. The route is quite straight forward with...
- Log #5147 - by Jeff Patheal on Oct 13, 2002Six of us made the first ascent of the Aurora (Southeast) Ridge on Mt Lucania. Details of the climb can be found in the American Alpine Journal Volume 28 Issue 60 1986 page 178.
- Log #5150 - by Eldon Gemmill on June 21, 2001Team: Joe LaBelle, Taina Dutescu, Jurg Hofer, Eldon Gemmill, Elizabeth Witherill (did not summit Lucania) summited after prior traverse of the South Face of Mt. Steele (new route) and Mt. Steele....