Mount Foresta

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Mount Foresta
Mount Foresta is located in Alaska
Mount Foresta
Mount Foresta
Location of Mount Foresta in Alaska
Highest point
Elevation11,000+ ft (3,350+ m) [1]
Prominence5,300 ft (1,600 m) [1]
Coordinates60°11′26″N 139°26′01″W / 60.1906820°N 139.4336117°W / 60.1906820; -139.4336117Coordinates: 60°11′26″N 139°26′01″W / 60.1906820°N 139.4336117°W / 60.1906820; -139.4336117[2]
LocationWrangell–St. Elias National Park
Alaska, United States
Parent rangeSaint Elias Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Mount Saint Elias A-4
First ascent1979 Fred Beckey[3]

Mount Foresta is an 11,000+ ft (3,350+ m) multi-peak massif located in Wrangell–St. Elias National Park, in the Saint Elias Mountains of Alaska in the United States. Rising high above the lower western margin of the Hubbard Glacier, the summit of Mount Foresta is just over 9 mi (14 km) from tidewater at Disenchantment Bay, 12 mi (19 km) northwest of Mount Seattle, 14.5 mi (23 km) southeast of Mount Vancouver, and 46 mi (74 km) north of Yakutat.


The mountain was named for Foresta Hodgson Wood (1904-1951), who was responsible for the logistics planning of the Project Snow Cornice of the Arctic Institute of North America.[2] Foresta, with her daughter Valerie F. Wood (1933-1951), were killed in an airplane crash in the vicinity of this mountain on July 27, 1951 during this scientific expedition. The Valerie Glacier[4] flows along the southwest aspect of Mount Foresta. The names were proposed in 1957 by the Arctic Institute of North America.

The first ascent of Mount Foresta was made on July 24, 1979 by Fred Beckey, Rick Nolting, John Rupley, and Craig Tillery.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Mount Foresta, Alaska". Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  2. ^ a b "Mount Foresta". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  3. ^ "Mount Foresta". Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  4. ^ "Valerie Glacier". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  5. ^ American Alpine Journal 1980

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