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Day One on Mount Logan!

After a tremen­dous amount of plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion our inau­gur­al Mount Logan Expe­di­tion flew onto Alaska’s Jef­feries Glac­i­er yes­ter­day! Mount Logan is locat­ed in the St. Elias Moun­tain Range of Canada’s Yukon Ter­ri­to­ry and is the sec­ond high­est peak in North Amer­i­ca. The Logan mas­sif is part of the most exten­sive non-polar ice­field in the world. Sim­i­lar to Denali in expe­di­tion char­ac­ter and length, yet more extreme in its remote­ness and lev­el of com­mit­ment, our expe­di­tion to Logan epit­o­mizes Moun­tain Mad­ness’ spir­it of adventure.

MM Guides Tino Vil­lanue­va and Joe Stock called in late yes­ter­day with dis­patch one (June 1). They, team mem­bers Glenn Wil­son, Michael Thomas and Paul Mus­cat and renowned Alas­ka bush pilot Paul Claus, flew onto the Jef­feries Glac­i­er from Chiti­na, Alas­ka in blue-bird weath­er. The excite­ment over the last few days has been pal­pa­ble and we are excit­ed to hear things are on sched­ule and ener­gies are high.

Tino said it was excep­tion­al­ly warm and their plan was to stay put for a while, rest, and let the mid-day high temps pass. When things cool off a bit, they’ll tra­verse onto the Cana­di­an side of the glac­i­er and estab­lish a base camp near the begin­ning of the route for the King’s Trench. The next day will see them mov­ing to 9000 feet and a base camp. 

This is a strong team with mem­bers com­plet­ing suc­cess­ful ascents all over the world and in remote moun­tain ranges. Con­fi­dence is high, so let’s all wish them luck with great weath­er and great climb­ing! This 23-day itin­er­ary puts their pos­si­ble sum­mit day win­dow between June 15 – 19. Stay tuned!