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Mount Logan

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For other uses, see Mount Logan (disambiguation).

Mount Logan is Canada's highest mountain and the second-highest peak in North America, after Denali (Mount McKinley). The mountain was named after Sir William Edmond Logan, a Canadian geologist and founder of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC). Mt. Logan is located within Kluane National Park and Reserve in southwestern Yukon and is the source of the Hubbard and Logan Glaciers.

Due to active tectonic uplifting, Mt. Logan is actually still rising in elevation. Before 1992, the exact height of Mt. Logan was unknown and measurements ranged from 5950 m to 6050 m. In May 1992, a GSC expedition climbed Mt. Logan and fixed the current height of Mt. Logan using GPS.

The Mt. Logan massif contains eleven major peaks:

Peak metres feet Latitude (N)Longitude (W)
Main 5,959 19,550 60°34′02″ 140°24′10″
West 5,925 19,439 60°34′45″ 140°25′56″
East 5,900 19,357 60°34′32″ 140°21′55″
Huston's Peak 5,720 18,766 60°35′06″ 140°27′13″
Prospector Peak 5,644 18,517    
AINA Peak 5,630 18,471    
Russel Peak 5,570 18,274 60°35′35″ 140°28′02″
North 5,559 18,238 60°36′59″ 140°25′56″
Northeast 5,490 18,012 60°36′59″ 140°29′28″
Queen Peak 5,380 17,651    
Northwest 5,280 17,323    

The fourth highest peak in Canada, King Peak (5,173 m), lies 16 km WSW of Mt. Logan and is considered a satellite peak of Logan.

Mt. Logan was first climbed on June 23, 1925 by A.H. MacCarthy, H.F. Lambart, A. Carpe, W.W. Foster, N. Read and A. Taylor.

Following the death of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, a close friend of Trudeau's, considered renaming the mountain Mount Trudeau; however, opposition from Yukoners, mountaineers, Trudeau's politicial critics, and Western Canadians forced the plan to be dropped.

On the last few days of May, 2005, three climbers from the North Shore Search and Rescue team of North Vancouver became stranded on the mountain. A joint operation by Canadian and American forces rescued the three climbers and brought them to Anchorage, Alaska for medical treatment concerning their frostbites.

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