National Geographic : 1948 Feb
U. S. Army Air Forces, Official Parachute and Load Throw Shadows on Snow Cratered by Packages Already Dropped Equipment that would break or crush was parachuted; other items were dropped free. An aiming point (left) centers the delivery area at Camp Nine (page 241). Message stamped in the snow at right read, "Drop 3 Yellow at Upper Ledge," requesting delivery of three boxes of emergency rations at the next agreed spot. Packages for each place were painted a different color. foot pinnacle-Mount Logan, second highest, after Mount McKinley, of all North American peaks. Mount Logan, towering to 19,850 feet, was discovered by the First National Geographic Society Mount St. Elias Expedition of 1890, and named for Sir William E. Logan, founder of the Geological Survey of Canada.* Flags Fly from the Summit We stood on the international boundary between Alaska and Canada's Yukon Terri tory. We unfurled American and Canadian flags, donated by the Arctic Institute of North America. As they waved proudly in the wind, we fumbled with numb fingers to photograph the scene (Plate I). To mark our achievement, at least until the next screaming blizzard, we hung on a jeep aerial the crimson banner of the Harvard Mountaineering Club. Not until three weeks later, when we were all safely back to civilization, did we learn of an amazing coincidence. That perfect day we had stood on the mountaintop was July 16, 205th anniversary of the day Vitus Bering's party first saw Alaska, sighted the white peak from 140 miles at sea, and named it for the patron saint of that day, St. Elias. * See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "Conquest of Mount Logan," by H. F. Lambart, June, 1926; "Over the Roof of Our Continent" (Mount McKinley), by Bradford Washburn, July, 1938; and "Fit to Fight Anywhere" (Quartermaster Corps Ex pedition to Mount McKinley), by Frederick Simpich, August, 1943.