Mount Alverstone

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Mount Alverstone
Mount Alverstone is located in Alaska
Mount Alverstone
Mount Alverstone
Yakutat City and Borough, Alaska, U.S. / Yukon, Canada
Elevation 14,501 ft (4,420 m)[1]
Prominence 1,706 ft (520 m)[1]
Parent peak Mount Hubbard
Range Saint Elias Mountains
Coordinates 60°21′06″N 139°04′31″W / 60.35167°N 139.07528°W / 60.35167; -139.07528Coordinates: 60°21′06″N 139°04′31″W / 60.35167°N 139.07528°W / 60.35167; -139.07528[2]
Topo map USGS Mount Saint Elias B-3
First ascent 1951 by Walter Wood, Peter Wood, Robert Bates, Nicholas Clifford
Easiest route glacier/snow/ice climb

Mount Alverstone or Boundary Peak 180, is a high peak in the Saint Elias Mountains, on the border between Alaska and Yukon. It shares a large massif with the higher Mount Hubbard to the south and the slightly lower Mount Kennedy to the east. The summit of Mount Alverstone marks a sharp turn in the Alaska/Canada border; the border goes south from this point toward the Alaska panhandle and west toward Mount Saint Elias.

The mountain was named in 1908 for Lord Richard Everard Webster Alverstone, Lord Chief Justice of England, 1900-13, and Boundary Commissioner in 1903. He served on various arbitration commissions including the one dealing with the Bering Sea Fur seal controversy. In the Alaska boundary dispute in 1903, his vote was the deciding one against Canadian claims.[2]


Mount Alverstone was first climbed in 1951 by a party led by Walter Wood, during an expedition that also made the first ascent of Mount Hubbard. The successful climbs were tinged by tragedy when, upon returning from the peaks, Wood learned that his wife Foresta and daughter Valerie had died in a plane crash nearby along with their pilot. Mount Foresta, near Mount Alverstone, is named in her honor.

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  1. ^ a b "Mount Alverstone". Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Mount Alverstone". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 

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