Mount McKinley

Photo of Mount McKinley

Photo by Josh Garner

Details

Elevation (feet): 20320
Elevation (meters): 6194
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Alaska/Yukon Ranges
Range/Region: Alaska Range
State: Alaska
Latitude: 63.0694
Longitude: -151.004
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun
Year first climbed: 1913
First successful climber(s): Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens, W. Harper, R. Tatum
Nearest major airport: Anchorage, Alaska
Convenient Center: Talkeetna, Alaska

Description

Mount McKinley is the highest peak in North America. It is a huge snowy mass, flanked by five giant glaciers and countless icefalls. It dominates the horizon from as far south as Cook Inlet, 200 miles away, and as far north as Fairbanks, 150 miles away. Its steep unbroken south slope rises 17,000 feet in twelve miles. Five major ridges extend from the summit, and many spurs and buttresses extend from these. The mountain is increasingly known by its native name, Denali, which means The Great One in the Athabaskan language. Denali is not an especially difficult climb technically, but the weather is more severe here than anywhere else in the world, and many lives have been lost attempting the ascent. The number of attempts on the summit have increased dramatically in recent years, and a greater percentage of these are ending in failure.

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