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4. 18,008-foot Mount Saint Elias, Alaska/Yukon

Mount Saint Elias, Alaska and Yukon Gerry took this photograph from Yakutat Bay during an incredible stretch of good weather in June 1999.

Yes, that’s ocean water in the foreground. This photo shows the eastern side of St. Elias. The south ridge or Harvard Route is the left skyline, 11,945-foot Haydon Peak is on the photo’s left edge and Haydon Col is between Haydon Peak and Elias.
Located on the Alaska/Yukon border, St. Elias is the second highest peak in both the United States and Canada. It is the fourth highest peak in North America. St. Elias is a coastal mountain rising only 10 miles from the ocean in Icy Bay. Depending on how you count, St. Elias is the highest coastal mountain in the world. It is certainly the highest coastal mountain in North America. As if that weren’t enough accolades for one mountain, St. Elias is the highest peak in Alaska’s huge Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and the highest peak in Alaska’s Yakutat Borough. Hammered by incessant storms that swirl through the Gulf of Alaska, St. Elias has a reputation for bad weather. This fact combined with the peak’s steep slopes makes St. Elias the toughest high mountain in North America.
I climbed Haydon Peak in 1984 during an unsuccessful attempt on Elias. I finally made it up Elias via the south ridge in May 2000 to finish my ascents of North America’s ten highest peaks. Elias was the hardest of the ten.
– Gerry Roach
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