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Mount Lucania - A Frigid First

Pascale Marceau

Mt. Lucania, Canada’s third tallest peak at 5,226 metres, can be brutally cold in January. Nestled deep in the Yukon’s Kluane National Park, this seldom visited peak has never been climbed in the winter. The two-person team, Marceau-Dupre, attempted to be the first to do so in January 2018. Mt. Lucania lies 65 kilometres north of its famous neighbour, Mt. Logan — Canada’s tallest mountain. Due to its remoteness, this lesser-known peak is rarely climbed. The team experienced this area at a time of year when no one else has. Through captivating imagery and story-telling, this expedition’s goal is to inspire others to follow their own dreams of adventure and to gain an appreciation for Canada’s wild places. The duo expected -50 C temperatures, gale force winds, limited daylight and multi-day storms. The attempt at Mt. Lucania’s first winter ascent was a test of human will, mountaineering skills and years of polar expedition experience. While unsuccessful, the trip was an epic, and plans are being made to return. 

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