Mount Fairchild is located in Olympic National Park. It is situated immediately northeast of Mount Carrie. It is visible from the vistor center on Hurricane Ridge, weather permitting. It's located at the north end of the Bailey Range, so it's a remote climb requiring several days of wilderness navigation, and when climbed, is done as part of the Bailey Range traverse. Weather systems coming off the Pacific Ocean will also affect difficulty. Fairchild has two named glaciers surrounding it: the Carrie Glacier to its west side, Fairchild Glacier on the south, and permanent ice on its north side. Precipitation and meltwater drains into the Elwha River.
In 1975, the name Mount Fairchild was adopted by the U.S Board of Geographic Names to honor William R. Fairchild, a verteran pilot who assisted scientific researchers in the area, and was killed in a freak plane crash. The international airport at the nearby town of Port Angeles is also named for him.
Prominence: 450 feet.
Refer to Olympic Mountains: A Climbing Guide, by Olympic Mountain Rescue, for information on the established climbing routes on Mount Fairchild.
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1963|
|First successful climber(s):||Dan Baker, Roy Etten, Danny Pruit, Jack Christiansen|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
|Convenient Center:||Port Angeles|
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