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Knowing that the summit is only half way, and that we had a long testy descent ahead of us, we started down. As is often the case, the descent was tougher than the climb.

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18,008-foot Mount Saint Elias, seen from our High Camp on King Peak. My dream of climbing North America’s ten highest peaks was still a figment in the setting sun. 18,008-foot Mount Saint Elias seen from Yakutat at sea level.
The southeast side of 18,008-foot Mount Saint Elias. The lower sunlit peak on the left is 11,924-foot Haydon Peak. The saddle between Haydon and Elias is 10,250-foot Haydon Col. The South Ridge is the sun-shadow ridge rising in three steep sweeps from Haydon Col to the summit of Saint Elias. Our planned high camp was at the top of the first steep sweep at 13,200 feet. The Northwest Shoulder of Saint Elias seen from our staging area.
Mighty Mount Logan seen across the Seward Glacier, from our staging area below Saint Elias. Looking West at our secure camp below Haydon Col.
Looking steeply down on our move to High Camp. This slope was all a no-fall zone. Haydon Col is below, and you can see the lower part of the ridge to Haydon Peak.
Photo by Bob Wood
Moving up on a narrow section of ridge at 16,000 feet.
Photo by Bob Wood
Gerry nearing the summit of Saint Elias.
This was definitely a no-fall zone.
Photo by Bob Wood
Gerry on top of Mount Saint Elias on May 18, 2000. Gerry became the first person to summit North America’s ten highest major peaks.
Photo by Bob Wood
Chris Haaland at 15,000 feet on our descent.
All photos from the Gerry Roach Collection
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