Interview with Griffin Post, skier-explorer
Now here’s a real-life treasure hunt story. After a multi-month search spread across three separate expeditions, professional skier and mountain explorer Griffin Post discovered a historic cache of camera and climbing gear abandoned in 1937 by legendary mountaineers Bradford Washburn and Robert Bates.
Washburn and Bates, members of the Harvard Mountaineering Club embarked on an attempt to climb the then highest unclimbed peak in North America, Mount Lucania. The 17,150-foot summit lay in wildly inaccessible terrain deep inside the Saint Elias Range, straddling the border of Alaska and the Yukon amidst the planet’s largest non-polar ice cap.
The young and eager Washburn already had several unsuccessful attempts to climb big peaks, but in 1935, he convinced The National Geographic Society to fund an expedition into what is now Canada’s Kluane National Park and Reserve on the Traditional Territory of the Kluane First Nation, located in Canada’s Yukon Territory to be the first to take aerial photos and map the majority of the area’s glaciers and peaks. That groundbreaking 1935 trip was the first time Washburn laid eyes on Lucania, and inspired him to
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