Mount Logan – The Highest Mountain in Canada

Mount Logan

It is an imposing, massive rock in the Elias range in the Yukon, Mount Logan . At 5959 meters, it is the highest mountain in Canada and, after Denali, the 6190 meter high mountain in Alaska, which was called Mount McKinley until 2015, the second highest in North America. Mount Logan thus belongs to the family of the Seven Second Summits.

The second highest mountain in Canada is an imposing representative of its kind. At 5959 meters, it is only a few meters below the six-thousand-meter mark. Its secondary peaks, which are located next to the main peak, are also impressive. Ten of them are over 5000 meters high, three of them over 5700 meters, Philippe Peak (5925), Logan East Peak (5898) and Houston’s Peak (5740).

Mount Logan is named after the Canadian geologist Sir William Edmond Logan

According to RCTOYSADVICE, the mountain, discovered in 1890, is named after Sir William Edmond Logan, a geologist born in Montreal on April 20, 1798. Weloganite is also named after him, a very rare mineral that was first discovered in 1966 in the Francon quarry near Montreal.

Back to Mount Logan , the representative of the Seven Second Summits on the North American continent, like many other representatives of the second highest mountains of the respective continent, is considered to be more difficult to climb (difficulty II +) than the highest mountain, Denali (difficulty II).

This is also due to the fact that earlier mountain expeditions to Mount Logan first had to cover a distance of 180 kilometers to get to the mountain at all. Today you can have a flight service bring you up to the glacier.

In addition, the climatic conditions, there are frequent storms and extremely low temperatures on the mountain. Due to the proximity to the North Pole, the same air conditions prevail at the altitude of the summit as in the Himalayas at an altitude of 7000 meters.

Mount Logan doesn’t make it easy for its climbers

Despite all adversities, an expedition led by Albert MacCarthy managed to conquer Mount Logan on June 23, 1925. Fred Lambart, Andrew Taylor, Allen Carpé, William Wasbrough and Norman Read also conquered the summit as the first to climb.

Since then, Mount Logan has been climbed many times, and there are now thirteen routes to the summit, which is located in the 400-kilometer-long Elias chain, which stretches from southeastern Alaska over the Yukon to northwestern British Columbia. The ascent of Mount Logan is still considered to be one of, if not the most difficult in North America.

Mount Logan