So it’s more or less official; on May 22nd we’re heading towards Mt. Logan, the highest mountain of Canada. Air tickets have already been booked and the majority of gear stacked up. Our group will consist of three Finns and two Canadians. As far as I know, if we make it to the top, we will be the first Finns there; it’s a huge privilege.
While the east ridge is famous for its views we decided to stick with less technical King’s Trench route. Majority of our group just felt more comfortable doing the accent by skis, which is not possible using the east ridge. The expedition will take roughly 20 days. It is part of the Mammut‘s 150 project, the other four sponsors are Untraced, Adventure Partners, Flagmore and my own company Tribevine (sort of obvious). Obviously we’re looking for couple of sponsors more. If you know any potential ones just let me know.
For those of you who don’t know Mt. Logan is not just the highest mountain of Canada, it’s also the second highest in North America. It’s has the largest base circumference of any non-volcanic mountains and the massif has eleven peaks over 5000 meters. Furthermore, the height differences between the base and the peaks are truly magnificent, over 3000 meters. The Kluane National park, where Mount Logan is located, is also one of the UNESCO world heritage sites with huge glaciers. Mt. Logan is said to be the coldest place in the northern hemisphere and it holds the “unofficial” record of cold; -75.5 degrees in Celsius. Indeed, we’re expecting temperatures well below -30 degrees in Celsius. Overall Mt. Logan is simply an extraordinary place on earth.
While the ice climbing season starts to be over the winter seems to be expanding for me a couple of months longer. In short these are exciting times. Stay tuned, I will be posting some mountain gear posts as well as other stuff related to Logan expedition later on.
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