Mount Billy Mitchell
|Difficulty:||Basic Snow/Ice Climb|
|Best months for climbing:||May, Jun, Jul|
|Nearest major airport:||Anchorage, AK|
|Convenient Center:||Valdez, AK|
Thanks to Ronald James for adding this peak.
Mount Billy Mitchell is located east of Valdez, Alaska, in the Chugach Mountains. The Chugach Range forms a 300-mile crescent located just outside the town of Valdez, Alaska, east of Anchorage and west of the Wrangell Mountains. Glaciers on Mount Billy Mitchell are due to the strong Pacific storms driven off the Gulf of Alaska. The climate of the Chugach crest is strongly influenced by its position so near the coast, and more snow falls here than in any other location in the world, over 600 annual inches.
Mount Billy Mitchell is a prominent landmark to travelers driving south along the Richardson Highway from Glennallen to Valdez. A historical marker on the Richardson Highway some 60 miles south of Glennallen states: Lt. Billy Mitchell, Father of the modern US Air Force. In 1902 Lt. Billy Mitchell, US Army Signal Corps, was sent to the territory of Alaska to construct a telegraph line linking Valdez and Nome to the United States. Mitchell learned to fly in 1918 and commanded several units in World War 1, he became the leading proponent to create an independent U.S. Air Force. Mitchell's previous Alaska experience shaped his idea, he who holds Alaska will hold the world, as far as defending the North American continent. In 1946 Mitchell was awarded the posthumously a special non-combat Medal Of Honor by Congress for outstanding pioneer service and foresight in the field of American Military Aviation.
Thanks to Ronald James for this description.