University Peak (Alaska)
|Elevation||14,470 ft (4,410 m)|
|Prominence||3,210 ft (978 m)|
|Location||Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska, U.S.|
|Range||Saint Elias Mountains|
|Topo map||USGS McCarthy B-3 Quadrangle|
|First ascent||June 19, 1955 by Keith Hart, Leon Blumer, Sheldon Brooks, Tim Kelly, Norman Sanders, Gibson Reynolds, R. Houston|
|Easiest route||snow/ice climb|
University Peak is a high peak in the Saint Elias Mountains of Alaska. It is one of the twenty highest peaks in Alaska , and one of the fifty highest peaks in the United States. It can be considered a southern outlier of the large massif of Mount Bona. However, it is a much steeper peak than Bona, and presents significant climbing challenges of its own.
The first ascent of University Peak was in 1955, via the North Ridge. The leader was Kieth Hart, University of Alaska. The party consisted of Gib Reynolds, Columbia University, Leon Blumer, Sydney, Australia, Tim Kelley, University of Washington, Sheldon Brooks, Pacific Lutheran College and Norman Sanders, University of Alaska. The climbers started at the foot of the Hawkins Glacier, and negotiated a difficult icefall to gain a basin at around 10,000 feet (3,000 m) elevation, on the west side of the North Ridge. This is still the recommended easiest route, but now one can fly into the 10,000-foot (3,000 m) basin to avoid the icefall. This route is rated Alaska Grade 2+.
This East Face route, named "Third Semester", involves 8,500 feet (2,600 m) of 50-80 degree snow, ice and rock capped with a 300 foot (90 m) vertical ice cliff. The descent is via the North Ridge. The first ascent party took 6 days to complete the traverse, including 2 days of storm that prevented movement.
- 4000 meter peaks of Alaska
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- Michael Wood, Colby Coombs, Alaska: A Climbing Guide, The Mountaineers, 2001.
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