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Cruising Alaska: May 2005

Guarding the northern entrance to Yakutat Bay is Mount St. Elias, the second highest in the United States. From sea level to her 18,008-foot summit is only 10 miles, making it some of the greatest vertical relief in the world. It isn't a popular mountain to climb due to the usual cloudy conditions and frequent severe storms; the first successful ascent, however, was made in 1897. In front of the peak is the low-profile and dirty Malaspina Glacier, which covers some 1,500 square miles.

This photograph is © 2005 by Cathy Small, and is not to be copied without express permission.
Mount St. Elias