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Candidate: #10

Location: Yukon, Kluane National Park and Reserve/Alaska

Range: Saint Elias Mountains

Elevation: 4,557 metres

At a point where, heading east, the Yukon/Alaska border makes a sudden turn south there is another of the great mountain massifs of the Saint Elias Mountains. This large massif sports three main peaks, Mount Hubbard being the highest, with Mount Alverstone (located at the bend in the border) and Mount Kennedy as the second and third highest respectively. According to the satellite images on PeakBagger, the actual summit of Mt. Hubbard lies within the Yukon border, though part of the massif extends into Alaska. Wikipedia lists Mt. Hubbard as Canada’s 10th highest peak on its list of 100 Highest Major Summits of Canada, but the article about Mt. Hubbard (see link below) states that it is the 12th highest in Canada. The discrepency is likely due to the fact that some sub-peaks of major summits, such as Atlantic Peak near Mt. Lucania, are actually higher than Mt. Hubbard but are not officially recognized as separate mountains (though I have read otherwise in the case of Atlantic Peak). At least all sources I checked give the same elevation for Hubbard, unlike Mt. Wood and Mt. Vancouver, but it should also be noted that of all the sources I checked most of them had identical wording to the articles on Wikipedia and Bivouac.


As with other high peaks of the Saint Elias, Mt. Hubbard has impressive vertical relief, rising 2,286 metres in 3.2 kilometres above the Alverstone Glacier, and 3,353 metres above the Hubbard Glacier in 11.2 kilometres. The Hubbard Glacier, an amazingly huge river of ice that is known to calf underwater in Disenchantment Bay, separates Mt. Hubbard from Mt. Vancouver. Though there are many steep faces, there is also a non-technical but long route to the summit on the east side that is a basic snow/ice/glacier climb.

The first ascent of Mt. Hubbard was by Walter Wood, Nicolas Clifford, Robert Bates and Peter Wood on July 5th, 1951, an expedition during which they also made the first ascent of Mt. Alverstone. The success of the climbs was marred with tragic news when Walter Wood learned that his wife and daughter had died in a plane crash nearby. Mt. Foresta near Mt. Alverstone is named in honour of his wife.

Mt. Hubbard was named after the first president of the National Geographic Society, Gardiner Greene Hubbard by USGS geologist Israel Russel whose expedition had been cosponsored by Hubbard.









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