Conquering Logan’s fury
Photo: James Coleridge
James Coleridge unfurls The Royal
Canadian Geographical Society’s flag at the summit of the Yukon’s Mount
Logan, Canada’s highest peak, after a perilous journey to the top this spring.
Coleridge, of White Rock, B.C., and his climbing partner Len Vanderstar survived
hurricaneforce winds and vicious temperatures plunging to -92°F or -60°C with
the wind chill. “It
was dig or die,” recalls Coleridge. After reaching the top camp, the climbers
dug an ice cave in the glacier and spent 4½ days trying to keep from freezing.
“We were so close to a tragedy,” says Coleridge. On June 3, the
winds died down and they completed their ascent.
This was Coleridge’s fourth successful climb in his attempt to reach the
highest point in every Canadian province and territory (see “The inside story,” Sept/
Oct 2007). His Summits of Canada Expedition (www.summitsofcanada.ca), is funded in
part by the RCGS. Next spring, he intends to scale Barbeau Peak, to mark Nunavut’s
— Shawna Wagman
More about the Summits of Canada expeditions:
Summits of Canada Expedition 2009 - British Columbia’s Fairweather Mountain
Summits of Canada Expedition 2006 - Climb every mountain