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Averstone-Hubbard-Kennedy Massif on Skis
Timestamp Free: 2021.01.22 - 21:45:36
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Saint Elias Mountains / Icefield Ranges
  (12 days)
Participants: Cam Shute, Mark Tinholt, Steve Ogle, Mark Parminter, Brian Cutts, Jeff Krueger An extended climbing and skiing trip into one of the largest non-polar glaciated regions in the world.
Went to Averstone-Hubbard-Kennedy Massif. Climbed and skied McKim peak (first ascent), Mount Hubbard, Mount Kennedy, and Shark’s Fin. We had perfect weather the entire trip.
In early fall of 2002 after a kayaking trip Mark Parminter, also known as Parm, said to me, "man, we gotta go skiing in Alaska this winter." Sparks and wheels started turning in my mind, and I began to start sending out e-mails to the usual suspects to gauge interest. it didn't take long.

After hundreds of e-mails and many trips to the library, our plan was hatched; we would converge in Whitehorse and fly into the south side of the Alverstone-Hubbard-Kennedy massif with the hopes of doing some skiing and mountaineering. Having never been to the St. Elias range before, it was hard to know what to expect, and how to interpret the topo maps. The area is known for its brutal weather, and in 1998 a British group went in to the same area for 21 days to try and climb the unclimbed McKim Peak (formerly South Kennedy), but wound up being storm stuck for 18 days, and only reaching around 10,000 ft. We prepared ourselves for the worst, and brought 21 days of food for climbing, and an emergency cache of 8 days of food to be left at the landing and pickup location just in case. [photo]Camp1.jpg[caption]Camp 1 on the Cathedral[/photo]

On April 20 we flew in to 6,000 ft on the Cathedral Glacier after a night of hoping for good weather. We had heard horror stories of people waiting weeks to fly in, and figured that being able to fly in on our first day we were probably a week ahead of schedule. Our first day consisted of hauling our gear and all the food up through the first icefall, which was a good intro to glacier travel in the St. Elias. The terrain was much larger than anything we were used to and the distances were very deceiving, especially on the massive valley glaciers. After managing to weave a path through the broken terrain we established our first camp above the...

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