The men planned to make it to the summit and back in four days, Lambart wrote. In reality, it took them another 10 gruelling days of climbing in clumsy snowshoes and crampons. Morgan, accompanied by Hall, had to turn back due to poor health. The remaining six continued to push ahead, up and down a few switchbacks up the final steep, icy ascent. Finally, on June 23, “we are on the top of the highest point in the Dominion of Canada. […] We all congratulated Mac and shook hands. […] Carpe ran the Bell and Howell [a type of film camera] a few seconds, Read took some snaps, but we were reminded by Andy that there was a storm brewing.”
They spent just 25 minutes savouring their achievement at Mount Logan’s sunny summit before the weather began to turn. The temperature dropped, and a heavy fog settled in, obscuring their trail back to camp. “We are in real peril,” Lambart noted. They hunkered down for the night, burrowing into the steep patch of hard snow.
The next morning, in pea-soup fog, the men had no choice but to keep searching for the way back down. In the process, both Taylor and Mac walked off cliffs — thankfully, they fell just several metres each and without serious injury. A few wrong leads and many wasted hours later, they finally located the trail.
On July 4, 1925, the team made it off the glacier, and by mid-July they reached McCarthy, Alaska, once again. Lambart called the expedition “one of the strangest ventures of my life.” After hiking 1,025 kilometres in 63 days, the men returned to their homes to much acclaim and publicity, with The New York Times naming Lambart one of the world’s greatest climbers.