UAS Outdoor Studies Capstones Atop Mt. Sanford
Following a brief photo session on the summit members skied or snowboarded down, enjoying five miles and 5,000 feet of descent.
A group of five from the University of Alaska Southeast Outdoor Studies Program attempted the 16,200 ft Mt. Sanford in Alaska’s Wrangell St.-Elias National Park in May of 2011.
The group, composed of one instructor and four students, flew onto Mt. Sanford on May 9, landing at 7,000 ft on the Sheep Glacier. Following a multi-day period of strong winds, the group advanced through two icefalls to a high camp at 11,000 ft.
On May 15 a summit team composed of two students, Matt Krisiak and Kyle Thompson, and instructor Forest Wagner, pushed from 11,000 ft. to the summit, arriving on top at 7:30 PM. Perfect visibility from the summit allowed views of more than 100 hundred miles, including vistas of other high mountains such as Blackburn, Wrangell, Bona, and Logan to the south, and Hayes, Hess and Deborah to the north.
Following a brief photo session on the summit members skied or snowboarded down, enjoying five miles and 5,000 feet of descent. The team flew out from base camp on 5/17 and caught the ferry from Haines the following day.
Kyle Thompson, Matt Krisiak and Forest Wagner (L-R) on the summit of Mt. Sanford.
Matt Krisiak, Kyle Thompson, Keren Goldbergbelle, kneeling: Forest Wagner.