Parks Canada's New Rules For Climbing Mount Logan Are Like A Forced Buddy System
No more solo climbs at Mount Logan.
If you're an adventurer looking to climb Canada's highest peak in 2020, there are some new restrictions you should know about. Mount Logan climbing rules are basically like a forced buddy system. The additional measures came into effect this year in an attempt to improve safety
Located in Kluane National Park and Reserve near the Yukon-Alaska border, the 5,959-metre tall summit is beautiful but can be treacherous.
Parks Canada introduced the changes for climbers who are going to try their luck at scaling the mountain after several dangerous and pricey rescue missions recently. There have been eight in the park in the last seven years.
People are no longer allowed to trek up the extra tall peak alone or do any other solo winter expeditions on the mountain or elsewhere in the park.
"We really wanted to improve the safety both for folks visiting Kluane as well as the safety for our rescue responders," Ed Jager, with Parks Canada, told the CBC. "We've also taken all three of these steps to reduce the financial burden on taxpayers for the rescues that have been taking place in Kluane."
Not only do you have to abide by the buddy system, but you also need to have insurance to cover any possible search-and-rescue costs.
It costs a lot of money for teams to get up the mountain and bring people safely back down. According to Jager, each rescue mission in Kluane costs about $60,000 to $100,000.
Canadian taxpayers have been on the hook for those bills.
"The normal practice in Parks Canada, and across the entire system, has been the rescue was part of the services that we provided to all of our visitors," said Jager.
According to Jager, about 100 people head out on expeditions in Kluane and a third of them attempt to climb Mount Logan every year.
The new rules aim to keep both those visitors and the staff safe.
"My assumption is that we'll be adjusting [the rules] and making them work best for both Parks Canada, and our visitors," he said.
The Icefield Ranges that Mount Logan is a part of are open from March 15 to November 15 with the climbing season typically running from mid-April to late June.
Along with being the tallest mountain in the country, it is the second-highest peak in North America.
It's 2,889 metres shorter than the tallest elevation in the world, Mount Everest.