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Lucania - Aurora Ridge
Timestamp Free: 2017.10.18 - 19:04:35
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Saint Elias Mountains / Icefield Ranges
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The landing site for this route is about 10 km south of the base of Aurora Ridge on an arm of the Dennis Glacier, at an elevation of about 2750 m. To reach Aurora Ridge, you must drop down 300 m, and cross a large icefall between 2600 m and 3000 m. Beyond the icefall a 150 m couloir, which steepens toward the top, leads to a low angle plateau (3200 m). This is good location for a camp site.

The lower part of the ridge is called The Wishbone. The first part of The Wishbone consists of 450 m of up to 50-degree snow with short sections of up to 60-degree ice. The crux, at about 3800 m, is a steep unprotectable snow slope. A campsite is available at 3900 m.

Next, is a descent followed by a cornice traverse. At the end of the traverse, the ridge rises again along a 250-m exposed knife section to a good campsite at 4400 m. From here the ridge goes up to Lucania's northernmost summit (4900 m).

To reach the main summit requires a 6-km long traverse that goes up and over the middle...

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