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Expedition Leaves for Alaska To Take Aerial Photographs

Washburn Heads Group into Unmapped Territory in Arctic


Two months of dangerous climbing through unexplored mountains for two hours on a mountain peak was the announced plan of H. Bradford Washburn '33, as he left Cambridge Sunday for Portland, Oregon, to take ship for Alaska.

The expedition aims to make maps of this region, which is described as one of the few which still is unknown. Most of the work can be done by aerial photographs, but it is necessary to survey triangulation points from the ground and take panorama photographs with a special 120 degree opening.

The main trouble is expected to come from the weather conditions. Washburn said that the advance party reported less than three hours good weather in the last month. The goal of the present trip is Mt. St. Agues, 13,250 feet high dwarfed by a neighboring 17,500 foot peak which Washburn sealed last summer with Robert R. Bates '33.

After the expedition returns to Valdez from the wilderness, the rest of the summer will be spent making aerial surveys for the Institute of Geographical Exploration.

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