Saint Elias Mountains
We will meet at 4pm in Whitehorse Yukon. We will go over last minute changes (weather and avalanche conditions) and logistic for the following days. We will also sign a liability waiver and possibly do an avalanche beacon exercise
We will drive to Haines Junction. From there, at 7:00 am a helicopter will take us to the Cathedral Glacier in Kluane National Park. We will set up camp and explore the access to the various peak options.
During these days, we will do various day ski tours from our basecamp location. We will ski various glaciers and attempt Mount Kennedy (4250m), Mount Alverstone (4419m) & Mount Hubbard (4557m)
On the last day, we will be back in camp at 4pm in time for our flight back to Haines Junction.
The weather in the St-Elias Mountains can be very difficult to predict. Spring daily temperatures could rise to above freezing. Overnight temperatures will often dip below -20C.
Visibility may be poor or whiteout conditions when snowing heavily or clear on bluebird days. Ensure you are dressed and equipped for all variations as temperatures, wind and precipitation can change rapidly.
I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.
The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.
The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!
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