Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Denali, a century after climbers first reached the summit

In June 1913, a climbing expedition team became the first to reach the pinnacle of Mount McKinley, and climbing the 20,320 feet to the peak of North America’s tallest mountain was no small victory. A century later, Alaskans and visitors will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first successful assent with a number of activities in 2013. For those who wish to make the climb themselves, the months of May and June offer the best chance for success. But for those who just want to experience the stunning beauty and historical signifigance of Denali, commemorative events such as a special National Parks exhibit at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North and a sustainable summits symposium in Talkeetna, Sept. 8-11, are great places to start. There are also opportunities to get outdoors and see Denali up close without putting on crampons. From bus tours to whitewater rafting, ATV tours, day hikes and flightseeing, there are endless ways to see Denali National Park and Preserve and catch views of the majestic Mount McKinley.


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