Mount Saint Elias

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Mount Saint Elias is the second highest mountain in both the United States and Canada, being situated on the Alaska and Yukon border. The mountain is located within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Its name in Tlingit is Yaas'éit'aa Shaa, meaning "mountain behind Icy Bay", and is occasionally called Shaa Tléin "Big Mountain" by the Yakutat Tlingit. It is one of the most important crests of the Kwaashk'kwáan clan since they used it as a guide during their journey down the Copper River.

The mountain was first sighted on July 16, 1741 by Vitus Bering of Russia. 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.

Mt. St. Elias was first climbed on July 31, 1897 by Duke of the Abruzzi, Vittorio Sella and party.

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