Mount Blackburn

View of the Kennicott Glacier to Mount Blackburn


Mount Blackburn is with 4996 m the highest peak in the Wrangell Mountains in Alaska. He is also the fifth highest mountain in the United States and the zwölfthöchste North America. The heavily eroded shield volcano is Mount Bona after the highest volcano in the United States and the fifth-highest in North America. 1885 named him Henry T. Allen after U.S. Senator Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn of Kentucky.

The mountain massif is almost completely covered by ice fields and glaciers. Below is the 32 km long Kennicott Glacier, which runs until just before the small town of McCarthy. Mount Blackburn's ice fields also offer dining Nabesna Glacier and Kuskulana. About the latter, the volcano rises 3350 m at a distance of only six miles. The mountain lies with its saddle height of 3546 m world ranked 50th

First ascents

In 1912, the first time a climb to Mount Blackburn of Dora Keen and George Handy was undertaken. The team reached from the south on a dangerous route because of crevasses the eastern summit, Kennedy Peak or Blackburn East called, which was maintained even for the highest point of the mountain at the time. Keen then published the First up Mount Blackburn report in the Saturday Evening Post. In 1958, five climbers undertook the ascent to the western summit, without knowing that this is the higher of the two. A year later published one of the climbers in the American Alpine Journal published an article with the heading Mount Blackburn - Second Ascent ( - second ascent). It was only in the sixties marked the first maps of the U.S. Geological Survey, the West Summit as the highest point.

Today Usually the way from the north is taken as in 1958. It runs along the Nabesna Glacier.


View of the more westerly Willow Lake to Mount Blackburn