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!