First Ascents: Valentine McGillycuddy on Harney Peak

In nosing around the new book on life around Harney Peak we notice a photo of the tomb of Valentine McGillycuddy on Harney Peak (actually it’s just his ashes). In 1875 he was part of a team surveying the Dakotas. He ascended to the true top of Harney by climbing a downed tree. George Armstrong Custer was there in 1874 but wasn’t resourceful enough to finish the climb.
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Anniversary of First Ascent of Mount McKinley

This item came to us from U.S. News and World Report noting that June 7 is the anniversary of Hudson Stuck’s first ascent of Mount McKinley in 1913. He had started his quest on March 13. Now that’s an Epsicopal priest who literally went the extra mile for his flock!


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