Attempt on Mount Saskatchewan falls short
Mount Saskatchewan remains unconquered after a mountain climbing team from Saskatchewan failed to scale the peak in Yukon's Kluane National Park.
Six climbers from the province attempted the 3,500-metre climb earlier this month, but they were flown out of the park on Monday after failing to reach the top.
Mountains were named after the provinces in 1967 as part of Canada's centennial celebrations.
The Saskatchewan mountain-climbing team was making the attempt to commemorate the province's centennial ? Saskatchewan became a province in 1905.
Last month, climbers Andrew McKinlay and Shelley Ballard-McKinlay were optimistic, although they described an ardous journey ahead that included a 35-kilometre trek across dangerous glacier ice to get to their base camp.
Shelley said unseasonably warm weather made the trek even more difficult. The team explored the area from the camp but couldn't find a safe way to get to the top.
"We tried a couple of different routes," she said.
A team of climbers attempted Mt. Saskatchewan in 1967 as part of Canada's centennial celebrations, but they didn't make it to the summit either.
The climbers said there are no plans for another attempt at the mountain in the near future.