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Candidate: #8

Location: Yukon Territory, Kluane National Park and Reserve – a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Range: Saint Elias Mountains

Elevation: 4,742 metres

It is no surprise that Canada’s highest mountains get most of the attention from climbers, even if that attention is limited to only a few expeditions over several decades (for obvious reasons, Mt. Logan receives a fair bit more traffic than the others). The remoteness of the Saint Elias Mountains, the notoriously ferocious storms that batter the mountains any time of year, and the shear cost of getting in, plus the fact that the average day hiker would be right out of his league in attempting to climb any of these ice giants, make almost any Saint Elias mountain a rarely visited place. Once we come down the list from the most massive and highest we find less information. Aside from differences in elevation and the number of sub peaks, most of the Saint Elias summits over 4,000 metres can be described the same way: high, ice-covered, and remote.

Mt. Slaggard lies buried deeper in the Ice Field Ranges, farther north and west than more popular mountains like Logan and Lucania. It was one of the last Saint Elias summits to be ascended, in 1959. A more recent expedition by the Toronto Section of the Alpine Club of Canada (1997) made the first ascent of Canada’s last unclimbed peak over 4,000 metres, the south summit of Slaggard – 4,370 metres. An account of their trip, with humour to spare, can be read here. Mt. Slaggard has two other sub peaks: West Slaggard I (4,290m) and West Slaggard II (4,210m). Mt. Slaggard may be the least climbed but as such it can also be found in pristine conditions, which is actually an attraction to climbers. By being one of the least popular Slaggard is popular. Such is the paradox of the Saint Elias Mountains.

Sources:

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/152550/Mount-Slaggard.html

http://bivouac.com/MtnPg.asp?MtnId=239

And the above mentioned account by the Toronto Section of the Alpine Club of Canada

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