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Mt Drum Patrol

May 24, 2011 Posted by: Evan Olson

Volunteer climbing on the Southwest Ridge

Ranger Evan Olson and two NPS volunteers just returned from a mountaineering patrol on the southwest ridge of Mt Drum.  The patrol made it to about 10,000 ft before being turned back by bad weather.

Mountaineering patrols are conducted to gain familiarity with the climbing route, to assess human impacts to alpine areas, and to contact park visitors. Two groups of park visitors were contacted on this patrol.

The patrol encountered challenging weather conditions throughout the climb with bad visibility and high winds.  The southwest ridge had numerous crevasses right along the ridge crest which made route finding more challenging.

Volunteer with Snider Peak

Retreating in stormy conditions


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The 5th highest mountain in Alaska

Mt. Blackburn, a 16,390’ peak in the Wrangell Mountains, was named by Lt. Henry T. Allen in 1885 for U.S. Senator Joseph Blackburn.