National Geographic : 1965 Jul
DUOTONE (UPPER) BY BRADFORD WASHBURN AND EKTACHROMEBY WILLIAMALBERT ALLARD () N.G.S. 14,000 feet down to the ocean. It made me think of Mount Everest and the high Hima layas-all rock and ice and snow, sharp pin nacles, sheer faces, vertical gorges, grinding glaciers. All beautiful and awesome. To the west rose 14,950-foot Mount Hub bard, straddling the Canada-United States bor der (map, opposite). The first expedition ever sent out by the National Geographic Society had discovered and named this peak for the Society's first President 75 years ago. Lofty Peak Added to the Map Then, in 1935, the Society's Yukon Expedi tion, led by youthful Bradford Washburn, had explored and mapped this desolate region. Among the tallest peaks discovered was the magnificent ice-sheathed mass of granite, just 3.3 miles northeast of Mount Hubbard, upon which we were resting. To honor the memory of President Kennedy, the Canadian Govern ment last January had given it his name. Now the National Geographic Society had organized a new Yukon expedition, this one to concentrate on the Mount Kennedy area; again the leader was Bradford Washburn. Boston's Museum of Science, of which Dr. Washburn is director, was cosponsor. As a courtesy, the Society had invited a member of the late President's family to accompany the expedition's climbing party assigned to plant an orange survey marker post exactly on top of Mount Kennedy. This marker, and another atop Mount Hubbard, Like a large-scale map, this frigid scene shows Mount Kennedy with its neighbors and the route of its first ascent, March 22-24, 1965. Orange smoke flares from generators dropped by a Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter show wind direction for a landing at Base Camp, 8,700 feet high on Mount Kennedy. The craft, a Boeing Vertol Labrador, ferried four members of the ex pedition from Whitehorse, of gold-rush fame.