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Mount St.Elias

The Climb


First attempt: May 2007

Time on mountain: three weeks
Highest elevation reached: 17,000 feet (5,000 meters)

Summit attempt team members: Axel Naglich, Peter Ressmann, Philipp Knab (mountain guide), Volker Holzner (mountain guide), Beat Kammerlander (photographer), Günther Göberl (camera operator)

Vertical height skied between base camp and sea level on May 20: 10,000 feet (3,000 meters)
Time for descent: three hours


Second attempt: August 2007


Time on mountain: nine days
Highest elevation reached: summit, 18,008 feet (5,489 meters)

Team members: Axel Naglich, Peter Ressmann, Volker Holzner (mountain guide), Günther Göberl (camera operator)

August 9: Leave base camp at midnight, ascent to high camp I at 13,000ft (4,000m)
August 10: Leave advanced camp at 7:30am, ascent to high camp II at 15,700ft (4,800m)
August 11: Leave high camp II at 7:30am, reach summit at 12:50pm
Time on summit: 10 minutes
Time to ski to advanced camp at 15,000ft (4,600m): 2 hours
Elevation skied between summit and high camp: 2,300 feet (700 meters)
Elevation skied between high camp and base camp: 5,900 feet (1,800 meters)