National Geographic : 1965 Jul
MOUNT KENNEDY II: A Peak Worthy of the President By ROBERT F. KENNEDY United States Senator from New York T T LOOKS LIKE THE END of the world!" Mount Kennedy drew this exclamation from the Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter pilot who flew us in to the Base Camp on the mountain last March 22. Viewing the peak from on high, I thought the description apt. Mount Kennedy is a magnificent mountain-lonely, stark, forbidding. The utter desolation of that part of the Yukon Territory only emphasizes the peak's beauty. When the Canadian Government announced last winter that it would name this mountain after President Kennedy, it occurred almost simultaneously to my brother Edward and to me that we should climb it. It also occurred to the National Geographic Society, for a few days later we were invited to accompany the first phase of a Geographic expedition organized to map the area in detail in cooperation with the Canadian Government and Boston's Museum of Science. Because my brother was not yet well enough from his airplane crash the year before, I went on by myself with the advance party. I am extremely grateful to Canada for naming this majestic mountain after the President, and for the help it gave us in making the climb. I consider it a privilege to have accompanied a fine group of climbers, whose purpose was to place markers on two conspicuous peaks for surveying and mapping. That I was the first man to reach the top of Mount Kennedy can be attributed only to the generosity and help fulness of the men with whom I climbed. We did not accomplish any historic or physical feat. But reaching the summit of the peak-and the companionship of the men-gave me great satisfaction. I am grateful, particularly, to James W. Whittaker and Barry W. Prather of Washington State, and to James Craig of British Columbia; George R. Senner, Dee Molenaar, and William N. Prater of Washington State; and William A. Allard of Minnesota. Kneeling atop the mountain named for his brother, Senator Kennedy re ceives a congratulatory hug from climbing companion James W. Whittaker. Moments earlier the Senator had planted the family flag on the summit. KODACHROMEBY WILLIAM ALBERTALLARD © N.G .S .