Mount Fairweather

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Mount Fairweather, towering just fourteen miles from the Pacific Ocean, is the dominant peak in the Fairweather Range, and is the highest and northernmost summit in Glacier Bay National Park. It is a broad mountain with a sharp icy summit, and contrary to the implications of its name, is subject to some of the world's worst weather. Its huge Fairweather Glacier flows beautifully from the mountain's southern flanks to the sea. As an additional note it must be mentioned that while the majority of the mass of the peak resides witin the state of Alaska, the summit itself belongs to British Columbia in Canada.

Elevation (feet): 15,300
Elevation (meters): 4,663
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Saint Elias Mountains
State: Alaska
Latitude: 58.9072
Longitude: -137.527
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug
Year first climbed: 1931
First successful climber(s): Allen Carpé, Terris Moore
Nearest major airport: Juneau, Alaska
Convenient Center: Yakutat, Alaska

Trip Reports

There are 9 trip reports for Mount Fairweather.

  • Log #2143 - by Earl Redman on Sep 03, 20043.00 stars
    We flew in to 3000 feet on a southern tributary to the Sea Otter Glacier on 6 March 84. We followed a spur up between our trib and the main Sea Otter Glacier then went up the west ridge. Beautiful...
  • Log #2144 - by Paul Netzband, Mike Daniels, Rosenthal on July 06, 20043.00 stars
    Refer to the American Alpine Journal 1993.
  • Log #2145 - by Donald Langlois on July 02, 20033.00 stars
    Climbed Carpe Ridge with Jim Wilson and Bill Staub. Bill is gone now,killed in a logging accident. I have lost track of Jim. I wish I could say hello to him.
  • Log #2146 - by Kristina Quinto on Apr 04, 20033.00 stars
    Hi my name is Kristina. I'm looking for any information I can get on climbing Mt. Fairweather. My plan is to climb Fairweather next May of 2004 with one climbing parter.
  • Log #2147 - by john doe on Jan 17, 20033.00 stars
    It was named by James COOK in 1778 to commemorate the "fair weather" he was encountering. The mountain was first climbed in 1931 by the American mountaineers Terris Moore and Allen Carpe.
  • Log #2148 - by Adriano Petrachi on May 02, 20013.00 stars
    Carpé Ridge Ascent. Good weather, alpine style.
  • Log #2149 - by Paul Kallmes on Feb 09, 20003.00 stars
    We had gone to climb a ridge on St Elias, but Kurt at Gulf Air said we'd be killed on the descent. OK, we said, what's a good alternative? He said, Well, Fairweather has a nice landing strip on the...
  • Log #2150 - by Calista Fairweather on Nov 18, 19993.00 stars
    I believe that I could be related to someoneof that mtn. I would like to know who named the mountain. Since it is my last name and their are only a few Fairweathers in the world. I'm just really...
  • Log #21793 - by Donald Langlois on Oct 29, 20093.00 stars
    12 day approach from Sea Otter Creek to Fairweather Glacier Base Camp at 5000'. Climb took 5 days up and down. 3 camps up and 1 camp down. 18 hour summit day.