Mount Fairweather, Alaska/British Columbia

Prominence: 12963 ft, 3951 m

Elevation: 15,325 feet, 4671 meters

True Isolation: 124.45 mi, 200.28 km
Local or Alternate Name(s)Benchmark (English): Boundary Peak 164
SubpeaksMount Fairweather - South Peak (13,820 ft/4212 m)
Mount Fairweather - Northeast Peak (12,431 ft/3789 m)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)58° 54' 23'' N, 137° 31' 36'' W
58.906377, -137.526533 (Dec Deg)
354473 E 6532375 N, Zone 8 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
British Columbia (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionHoonah-Angoon (Highest Point)
Stikine Region (Highest Point)

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Lists that contain Mount Fairweather:
     5000 foot Prominence CoHPs (Rank #4)
     Combined USA-Canada-Mexico State/Province High Points (Rank #7)
     United States Peaks with 100 miles of Isolation (Rank #58)
     USA Peaks with 6000 feet of Prominence (Rank #4)
     U.S. County High Points over 13,000 feet (Rank #4)
     United States 14,000-foot Peaks (Rank #13)
     Fifty Highest CoHPs (Rank #4)
     Top 10 Prominence Grid for U.S. States (Rank #4)
     Top 10 County High Points Grid for U.S. States (Rank #4)
     North America 14,000-foot Peaks (Rank #28)
     Top 10 Elevation Grid for U.S. States (Rank #10)
     5000 foot gain CoHPs (Rank #4)
     CoHP High Five List (Rank #4)
     100 Highest CoHPs (Rank #4)
     USA/Canada Peaks with 7000 feet of Prominence (Rank #5)
     Most Prominent Peaks of US National Parks (Rank #3)
     U.S. National Park High Points (Rank #3)
     United States 13,750-foot Peaks (Rank #13)
     The USA Second Lap List (Rank #1)
     USA/Canada Range4 High Points (Rank #5)
     British Columbia Regional District High Points (Rank #1)
     Ultras of British Columbia and Alberta (Rank #1)
     British Columbia 11,000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     British Columbia Peaks with over 1500 meters of Prominence (Rank #1)
     Ultras of the B.C. Coast Range (Rank #1)
     Southeast Alaska Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #1)
(Peak is on over 20 lists; Not all shown here.)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Not Won in a Day: Climbing Canada's Highpoints (Bennett)

Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 34
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 29)

Selected Trip Reports:
     1984-03-13 by Earl Redman
     2008-06-15 by Greg Slayden (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2010-05-15 by Dave Covill (Unsuccessful)
     2011-05-23 by Petter Bjørstad (Unsuccessful)
     2011-05-29 by Gerry Roach
     2014-05-16 by James Barlow (Unsuccessful)
     2014-05-16 by Greg Slayden (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2015-05-09 by Pierre Lasserre (Unsuccessful)
     2018-06-22 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2018-06-22 by Eric Gilbertson (GPS Track)
     2018-06-22 by Steven Song (GPS Track)
     2022-05-20 by Craig Barlow

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Among climbers, Mount Fairweather holds the unofficial distinction of the worst-named mountain on earth. The peak is lashed by near-constant snowstorms, and even getting a good view of its icy form is notoriously difficult. When explorer James Cook gave the peak its name in 1778, he was offshore during a rare period of clear skies.

By any measure, Fairweather is one of the world's major summits. It is the 4th most prominent peak in the United States (after Denali, Mauna Kea, and Rainier), as well as the highest and most prominent peak in the large, extremely mountainous expanse of British Columbia. Rising almost directly out of the ocean, it contends with nearby Mount Saint Elias for the title of highest coastal mountain on earth.

The major obstacle to an ascent of Fairweather is, of course, the weather. These days, aircraft are permitted to land at an elevation of about 9,000 feet near the Grand Plateau Glacier, allowing a relatively quick ascent via the West Ridge if you are lucky and get a settled high-pressure cell. However, many purists might question starting this high--it is roughly analagous to climbing Denali by flying in to the 14,000-foot camp, or Rainier by flying in to Camp Muir.

It is quite possible to climb Fairweather from sea level during an expedition of a couple weeks, so flying in to high camp robs you of an opportunity for a unique sea-to-summit experience. Still, given its remoteness and bad weather, any ascent of this peak is a significant achievement no matter where the climb starts. At most, only several parties a year attempt it.

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Mount Fairweather and its west peak from the landing spot on the Grand Plateau Glacier (2008-06-11).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 12,963 ft/3951 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 13,028 ft/3971 m
  Line Parent: Mount Steele
  Key Col: Champagne, YT, Canada     2362 ft/720 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 124.45 mi/200.28 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 60.33277, -139.686991
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Mount Vancouver - Good Neighbor Peak  (NW)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Alaska-Yukon Ranges
Range3: Saint Elias Mountains
Range4: Fairweather Range (Highest Point)
Drainage Basins
Gulf of Alaska
Pacific Ocean
Pacific-Canada/SE Alaska
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve (Highest Point)
Wilderness/Special Area: Glacier Bay Wilderness Area (Highest Point)
Topo MapMount Fairweather D-5 I58137g3 1:63,360
First AscentJune 08, 1931
    Carpé, Allen
    Moore, Terris
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos

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Fingers two weeks after light frost bites (2015-05-24). Photo by Pierre Lasserre.
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