Mount Whitecap facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMount Whitecap
|Elevation||13,025 ft (3,970 m)|
|Prominence||580 ft (180 m)|
|Location||Sublette County, Wyoming, U.S.|
|Parent range||Wind River Range|
|Topo map||USGS Gannett Peak|
|First ascent||1930 (Kenneth Henderson and Robert Underhill)|
Mount Whitecap (13,025 ft (3,970 m)) is located in the northern Wind River Range in the U.S. state of Wyoming. Situated 2.25 mi (3.62 km) southwest of Gannett Peak, Mount Whitecap is in the Bridger Wilderness of Bridger-Teton National Forest. Baby Glacier lies just to the east of the peak and Split Mountain is 1 mi (1.6 km) southeast. Mount Whitecap is the 30th tallest peak in Wyoming.
Importantly, there have been notable incidents, including accidental deaths, due to falls from steep cliffs (a misstep could be fatal in this class 4/5 terrain) and due to falling rocks, over the years, including 1993, 2007 (involving an experienced NOLS leader), 2015 and 2018. Other incidents include a seriously injured backpacker being airlifted near SquareTop Mountain in 2005, and a fatal hiker incident (from an apparent accidental fall) in 2006 that involved state search and rescue. The U.S. Forest Service does not offer updated aggregated records on the official number of fatalities in the Wind River Range.
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