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Two climbers scale Devil's Thumb


August 15, 2019

Photo courtesy of Patrick Fowler

Alex Jahn, at the bottom of the rope, and Patrick Fowler rappel down from the summit of Devil's Thumb towards the icecap.

Two adventurers were dropped off in Thomas Bay with their gear, two kayaks and a pack raft, which they carried through the terminal moraine to the terminal lake of Baird Glacier. From the glacier, their journey to climb Devil's Thumb began.

It would take Patrick Fowler and Alex Jahn just about a week to reach the 9,078-foot summit once they left Thomas Bay on Sunday, July 28.

"Every day there was some sort of challenge that we had to overcome," said Fowler. "It all came together. The weather worked out for us, but there were some tense moments there."

Due to the first leg of their journey...

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