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Suddenly, we were on the summit in the wind! We made the third ascent of Steele, and no one had been here since Washburn and Bates 30 years earlier, but it was a first ascent for me. What was important was the intensity of the moment. Like Washburn and Bates, the few minutes we spent on top of Steele deeply etched themselves in my memory. It was cold, windy and wild, but I wanted to go higher. As we started down, I realized we had a chance to do just that. Rising evening clouds framed a surrealistic view of Lucania.

– Gerry Roach - From Ride the Breath - Steele 1967
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10. The Yukon’s 16,644-foot Mount Steele

Mount Steele, Yukon Steele’s upper west flank

Gerry climbed Steele in July 1967 on his Lucania trip. Gary Lukis took this photo from high on Lucania as Steele framed itself in the nearly ever present clouds for this perfect portrait. We had climbed Steele four days earlier, making only the third ascent of this reclusive, little-known peak.
Steele is seven miles east of Lucania in the heart of the Canadian Yukon. Steel is the fifth highest peak in Canada and the tenth highest peak in North America.
– Gerry Roach
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