Mount Lucania

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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.

Elevation (feet): 17,147
Elevation (meters): 5,226
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Saint Elias Mountains
Province: Yukon
Latitude: 61.0167
Longitude: -140.467
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

Trip Reports

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, 2004
    all from cirigliano in the italian Lucania mount
  • Log #5143 - by Eli Fierer on Nov 22, 2003
    I 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, 2003
    Looking 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, 2003
    For 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, 2003
    We 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, 2002
    Six 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, 2001
    Team: 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....