Neacola Mountains

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Neacola Mountains
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Blockade Glacier in the Neacola Mountains
Highest point
Peak Mount Neacola
Elevation 9,426 ft (2,873 m)
Coordinates 60°47′55″N 153°23′38″W / 60.79861°N 153.39389°W / 60.79861; -153.39389Coordinates: 60°47′55″N 153°23′38″W / 60.79861°N 153.39389°W / 60.79861; -153.39389
Dimensions
Length 81 mi (130 km)
Naming
Etymology Named for the Neacola River[1]
Geography
Map of Alaska Neacola.png
Location of Neacola Mountains
Country United States
State Alaska
Parent range Aleutian Range
Borders on Chigmit Mountains, Tordrillo Mountains and Alaska Range
Meadow in the Neacola Mountains

The Neacola Mountains are the northernmost subrange of the Aleutian Range in Alaska. They are bordered on the southeast by the Chigmit Mountains, on the northeast by the Tordrillo Mountains, on the northwest by the southern tip of the Alaska Range, and on the west and southwest by the lakes and lowlands of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. They are the only wholly non-volcanic part of the Aleutian Range. The highest peak is Mount Neacola (also known as "Neacola Peak"), 9,426 feet (2,873 m).

These mountains have not seen extensive exploration, due to their remoteness, typically poor weather, and lack of truly high peaks. However they are rugged and offer many climbing possibilities of an exploratory nature. Noted climber Fred Beckey visited the range in the early 1970s; in 1991, when he was "spiritual leader" of the expedition which made the first ascent of Mount Neacola; and again in 2004. Other recorded climbing visits occurred in 1979 and 1995.

Fishermen sometimes fly into the mountains on a bush strip on the McArthur River near Blockade Glacier.

Sources[edit]

  • American Alpine Journal, 1980, 1992, 1996, 2005.
  • Michael Wood and Colby Coombs, Alaska: a climbing guide, The Mountaineers, 2001.

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