Thanks for sharing McClure's McGinnis trip

Posted: Friday, September 05, 2008

I enjoyed reading the article in the June 29 paper on Andrew McClure's trip up Mount McGinnis.

Sixty-five years ago, at the age of 18, I was drafted into the U.S. Army at Duck Creek and started my basic training at Montana Creek. It was about this time of year.

One part of our training was hiking the area of the glacier, Windfall Lake, Auke Bay. It also included climbing up Mount McGinnis.

No one was hurt on our hikes, but about 20 or 30 young soldiers got a good workout carrying a full backpack and a rifle. We were allowed to leave our pack and rifle behind when we traversed the last half-mile or so to the summit. There wasn't any snow on the top. We left a lot of tracks.

Thanks for the memories. Most of the inductees were Southeast Alaskans. Maybe others will have their memories jogged by this article.

Frank Cashen


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