Area: Wrangell - St Elias Mountains Route Summary: Started on the Alaska Highway at Donjek River, skied up Donjek and Steele Creeks to the east ridge of Steele, climbed Steele via the East Ridge, then down the Hodgson Glacier Wood Glacier, Nesham Glacier, Klutling Glacier, Russell Glacier, then down the Chitistone River to the airstrip on Glacier Creek.
[photo]StEliasMap.jpg[caption]Sketch Map of Route[/photo]
With the arrival of April and the end of classes it became time to think about summer plans. My idea had been to work all summer but by mid April I still had nothing lined up before July. Dave's annual ski traverse began to look more attractive. After looking at maps and discussing the route with Dave I was convinced and by the end of April there were four of us committed to the trip; Dave Williams, Markus Kellerhals, Peter Stone and myself; basically the same group as for last spring's ski traverse in the Mount Fairweather area.
The plan this year was to start from the Alaska Highway at the Donjek River bridge, ski or hike up the Donjek River to Steele Creek, then up the Steele glacier to the base of the east ridge of Mt. Steele, which we wanted to climb. From Mt. Steele we planned to ski roughly west along the northern edge of the St. Elias Mountains out to an airstrip on Glacier Creek, not far from the town of McCarthy in Alaska. A total distance of... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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