|Range/Region:||Saint Elias Mountains|
|Difficulty:||Major Mountain Expedition|
|Best months for climbing:||May, Jun|
|Year first climbed:||1941|
|First successful climber(s):||Wood, Blakewell, Jackman|
|Nearest major airport:||Whitehorse, Yukon|
|Convenient Center:||Haines Junction, Yukon|
Thanks to Ronald James for adding this peak.
Mount Wood is a heavily glaciated mountain located in Kluane National Park which is home to the the largest mountains in Canada, including the largest, Mount Logan. As part of the St. Elias Range, Mount Wood is the sixth highest mountain in Canada, and the 14th highest mountain in all of North America. The 300 kilometer Saint Elias Range is the highest coastal range in the world, located in Southeastern Alaska and Southwestern Yukon Territory. The Saint Elias Range exceeds the Himalayas in vertical relief, with hundreds of sharp ice-clad peaks rising dramatically above sea-level glaciers. As part of the St. Elias Range, Mount Wood is situated on the northern boundary of Kluane National Park with Kluane Wildlife Sanctuary. Typically a climbing expedition is made with aircraft dropping supplies to reach the remote glaciated setting. However, Mount Wood can be seen from the Alaska Highway at the Donjek River Bridge northwest of Kluane Lake.
The first ascent was made in 1941 by Walter Wood, Anderson Blakewell, and Albert Jackman. However, Mount Wood is named not for Walter Wood, but rather for a Canadian geographer.
Refer to A Climber's Guide to the St Elias Mountains, Volume 1, by Richard Holmes.
Thanks to Ronald James for this description.