It lies about 40 kilometres southwest of Mount Logan, the highest mountain in Canada. The Canadian side is part of Kluane National Park and Reserve and its name in Tlingit is Yasʼéitʼaa Shaa, meaning mountain behind Icy Bay, and is occasionally called Shaa Tlein Big Mountain by the Yakutat Tlingit. It is one of the most important crests of the Kwaashkʼiḵwáan clan since they used it as a guide during their journey down the Copper River and their children, the mountains in between the two peaks, are called Tsalx̱aan Yátxʼi. The mountain was first sighted by European explorers on July 16,1741 by Vitus Bering of Denmark, while some historians contend that the mountain was named by Bering, others believe that eighteenth century mapmakers named it after Cape Saint Elias, when it was left unnamed by Bering. Mount Saint Elias is notable for its immense vertical relief and its summit rises 18,008 feet vertically in just 10 miles horizontal distance from the head of Taan Fjord, off of Icy Bay. In 2007, an Austrian documentary movie called Mount, the climbers ended up summiting on the second attempt and skiing down to 13,000 feet. Mt. St. Elias was first climbed on July 31,1897 by a led by famed explorer Prince Luigi Amadeo di Savoia. The second ascent was not until 1946, when a group from the Harvard Mountaineering Club including noted mountain historian Dee Molenaar climbed the Southwest Ridge route. The summit party comprised Molenaar, his brother Cornelius, Andrew and Betty Kauffman, Maynard Miller, William Latady, William Putnam was a member of the expedition but did not make the summit. They used eleven camps, eight of which were on the approach from Icy Bay and they were supported by multiple air drops of food. The first winter ascent was made on February 13,1996 by David Briggs, Gardner Heaton and Joe Reichert. After being flown in to 2,300 feet on the Tyndal Glacier, they climbed the southwest ridge, the team had originally planned to begin their ascent from the ocean and cross the Tyndal Glacier but the terrain was in very poor condition. Mount Saint Elias is infrequently climbed today, despite its height, because it has no route to the summit
Mount St. Elias from Icy Bay, Alaska
Tlingit Ceremonial Tunic given to Maynard Miller and members of the Harvard Mountaineering Club Mt. St. Elias expedition, 1946.