Mount Saint Elias is a huge, beautiful pyramid, located just 35 miles from sea. It is the second highest peak in the United States, behind Mount McKinley (20,322 ft.). It was the first of the giant Alaskan mountains to be discovered, and the first to be climbed (after eight attempts), and was long believed to be the highest mountain in North America. In actuality it is nearly 2000 feet smaller than is near neighbor to the north, Yukon's Mount Logan (19,550 ft.), and is also smaller in stature. When seen from the south, however, Mount Saint Elias is a truly spectacular mountain with awesome vertical relief. It also produces the largest single icefield in Alaska, called the Malaspina. Ice spreads from the mountain over 1,500 square miles on its seaward base, and eventually spills into the Gulf of Alaska.
|Range/Region:||Saint Elias Mountains|
|Difficulty:||Major Mountain Expedition|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug|
|Year first climbed:||1897|
|First successful climber(s):||Duke of the Abruzzi, Vittorio Sella, and party|
|Nearest major airport:||Anchorage, Alaska|
|Convenient Center:||Yakutat, Alaska , (bush pilots hired here)|
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NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
There are 8 trip reports for Mount Saint Elias.
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- Log #20977 - by Lorne Glick on Aug 27, 2007Our party of four Coloradans were dropped at 7000' on the Columbia Glacier. After several weeks of studying the mountain and suffering at a camp at 13500' we summited via the Mira Face. We donned...
- Log #19231 - by Kurt Wehbring on Sep 27, 2006A team of 7 climbers from Seattle and San Francisco made a first ascent on the East Ridge. All members of the team made the summit. This was the eighth successful ascent of the mountain. The team...
- Log #6742 - by
Jerry Martin on May 20, 2003As I said in an earlier signing, my son Aaron and his best friend Reid Sanders summited Saint Elias on April 8, 2002. I have a new email address (shown) if anyone wants to know more about Aaron and...
- Log #6743 - by
michael vensel on May 19, 2003First ascent of the the east ridge. We named it the 'Strawberry Ridge' after the gallons of freeze dried strawberrys we had air dropped to us, but most of which was lost in a crevasse near base camp...
- Log #6744 - by Aaron Martin on Apr 24, 2002I am entering my son's name for him. You know he made it, along with Reid Sanders of West Yellowstone, MT
- Log #6745 - by Chip Taylor on Apr 15, 2002Please give me more details on the accident that occured this past weekend with John Griber, Aaron Martin, Reid Sanders and Greg Von Doersten. Why were they off skis and not roped up? I'm getting...
- Log #6746 - by Gerry Roach on June 15, 2000Elias lived up to its reputation. The climb was cold, windy and snowy. GR
- Log #6747 - by Eric Moore on Dec 19, 1999I love the outdoors, Hiking is my favorite outdoor recreation. I live in southwestern B.C. so most of my experience has been in the coust mountain range. I' ve summited many small peaks, my biggest...