Mount Lucania

Photo of Mount Lucania

Photo by Kevin B. Barton

Details

Elevation (feet): 17,147
Elevation (meters): 5,226
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Saint Elias Mountains
Province: Yukon
Latitude: 61.0167
Longitude: -140.467
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug
Year first climbed: 1937
First successful climber(s): Bradford Washburn, Robert Bates
Nearest major airport: Anchorage, Alaska
Convenient Center: Haines Junction

Description

Mount Luciania is the third highest peak in the Saint Elias Range, and the highest in a cluster of high peaks in the northern part of the range. It has its place in mountaineering history, having been the world's first mountain to be approached with the aid of a high elevation aircraft landing. This was not, however, a graceful success, as the plane which dropped off Washburn and Bates at 8,500 feet for their 1937 first ascent became stuck in slush upon landing, and it took five days before the plane was able to take off again.