National Geographic : 1948 Feb
Klotaclironie by ( onlelills .\11olenar Conquerors of Mount St. Elias Stand on the Highest Point of Our International Boundary Maynard M. Miller, leader of the expedition which made the second ascent of North America's fourth highest peak (18,008 feet elevation), holds the United States flag. Dee Molenaar extends the Canadian emblem. Before them is Alaska; behind them Yukon Territory. Four members of the victorious party were former presidents of the Harvard Mountaineering Club, whose banner (Plate II) flies between the flags. Clouds mask the land scape below 12,000 feet. The Italian explorer, the Duke of the Abruzzi, attained this spot in 1897. 4 © National Geographic Society hlIut)llilrolelI)y 11aynaI 11 . .\111ier Near the Top, Climbers Struggle up an Almost Vertical Pitch At 17,500 feet, William Latady (left), with rope anchored to his ice ax thrust deep in snow, pulls in the free cord as Dee Molenaar mounts steps chopped in ice. Downhill loom white buttresses their toilsome route ascended. "\h B'