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Washburn to Enter Alaska Sports Hall of Fame

Posted on: February 23rd, 2010 by admin

Bradford and Barbara Washburn atop Mt. Bertha in 1940.

Bradford Washburn will be inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame on February 25. Washburn, who died in 2007 at the age of 96, was the pioneering mountaineer, photographer, mapmaker, and museum director for whom the American Mountaineering Museum in Colorado is named.

During his many expeditions to Alaska, Washburn led the first ascent of the West Buttress of Denali (now the standard route up North America’s highest peak), as well as the first ascents of Mt. Sanford, Mt. Hayes, Mt. Bertha, Mt. Silverthrone,  Mt. Dickey, and other major summits. His remarkable aerial photographs of Denali and other peaks are still used by climbers to plan new routes.

Along with Washburn, the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting three-time Iditarod sled-dog race winner Lance Mackey, World Eskimo Indian Olympics champion Reggie Joule, and Olympic snowboard medalist Rosey Fletcher.

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